Cellulite occurs when fat deposits sit below the surface of skin due to a collagen breakdown in the dermis layer. Fat pushes through these weakened areas, giving skin a lumpy and dimpled appearance. A common problem in women, cellulite is rarely seen on men. This is due in part to the differences in connective tissue arrangement between the sexes. In men, connective tissue is formed in a diagonal or cross-hatched arrangement, while it forms a vertical, or perpendicular, arrangement in women. This arrangement makes fatty deposits in certain areas on the body a lot more noticeable. Once believed to be an issue for older women, cellulite problems can begin in the teen years. Genetics are also believed to play a role in the appearance of cellulite.

Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite

There are several ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite naturally. Perhaps the best way is to look at eating habits, and choose foods that will not contribute to cellulite. Certain natural topical treatments will also lessen its appearance, as will making other healthful choices, such as exercising, quitting smoking and drinking lots of water.

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