Cellulite is a mass of fat cells under the surface of the skin that makes the skin look bumpy and dimpled. Cellulite is most often found on the thighs, buttocks, hips and stomach. About 90% of women have cellulite to different degrees, compared to 2% of men. Although cellulite is essentially an esthetic problem, in more severe cases it can become sensitive or painful to the touch.
It’s important not to confuse cellulite, or “orange peel skin,” with cellulitis, which is a skin infection caused by a bacteria. Cellulitis results in redness, swelling and pain, and requires antibiotics.
Unfortunately, for the moment, no treatments make cellulite disappear completely. Creams, detox cleanses , massages or liposuction can improve the appearance a bit, but these treatments can't make cellulite go away for good.
Cellulite creams may be beneficial but generally only provide a temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite, and whatever improvement they do provide tends to be minor. You also have to get into the habit of using these products every day, as the effect wears off as soon as you stop applying them. Natural health products and diuretics are also used to treat cellulite, but no study has yet demonstrated their effectiveness.
Beauty clinics offer lymphatic drainage, ultrasound and infrared treatments that have shown results in some women. But get all the information before turning to these treatments, as they are very expensive and the results aren’t guaranteed for all women.
Overall, the best way to prevent or reduce the appearance of cellulite is to adopt a healthy lifestyle:
You can do other things to promote good blood circulation and keep cellulite from getting worse:
In the fight against cellulite, exercise and a healthy weight are your best allies. Women from all backgrounds can enjoy the beauty of a healthy lifestyle—which is affordable for everyone. Ask your pharmacist for advice!