Cellulite is known by several names, orange peel skin, dimpling, toxic fat, and the most common name, cottage cheese. To say the least, these descriptions do nothing to impose a positive self image.
While these terms, unflattering as they may be, actually reflect a true assessment and description of the course the skin and underlying components have taken.
The term cellulite is always used over the true medical term which is gynoidlipodystrophy.
Specifically, what is the makeup of cellulite or how does it happen or come about? As we age, we lose the stretchy or elastic properties in our skin. Combine this with a decrease in the production of collagen and you have the starting formula for cellulite production. Unfortunately as collagen production drops, the body’s internal collagen fibers loosen up, and the underlying matrix begins to droop or sag. This matrix allows the outer skin to in turn or droop or sag to match the internal changes going on.
The formation of cellulite happens when fat cells that are or have become enlarged and become fixated underneath the skin. This physiological occurrence produces a snowball effect that causes a visual change in the skin and that being dimpling, bumping, or the cottage cheese visual.
Another consideration of this subdermal change is that these enlarged or trapped fat cells can cause a slow down or restriction of blood flow. This restriction can cause circulatory problems which in affect can cause more clusters of fat accumulation beneath the skin. As we all age, you notice the skin takes on and does thin. These morphed fat cells and resulting clumps, thus result in more lumps, bumps, and cottage cheese that can be both seen and felt through the natural skin thinning process.
Cellulite is non racial and can form on anyone. It is amazing that gender, body size, weight, height, and even age can be factors to developing cellulite. However, there are several issues that can attribute to cellulite formation, and those can be, but not limited exclusively to include smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, genetics and age. It has been noted that hormonal changes, especially estrogen in women, are a high contributing factors to the formation of cellulite.
It needs to be stated that women make up a much higher percentage of cellulite stricken individuals. This can be traced back to higher natural body fat as well as the previously mentioned, hormonal changes. It seems that cellulite has established a strong foothold by the time the ages in the 40’s and 50’s are hit.