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10 things to know about cellulite

From slight grooves to odd bulges, most women suffer from cellulite woes. We help you tackle the problem.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 20, 2012 02:10 IST

If you’re reading this and you’re female, chances are you have cellulite. In fact, 80 to 90% of women have some kind of cellulite on their bodies, from slight bumps to deep grooves. Before shunning the beach in shame, update yourself about the problem so you can tackle it and embrace your body entirely.


Most women have cellulite, which is primarily genetic and appears on all body types — including on lean, fit bodies. Some dermatologists say cellulite is a secondary sexual characteristic and, contrary to beauty marketing schemes, doesn’t contain toxins.


If you use hormonal contraception, it can increase your risk for developing cellulite.


Being a mom can also trigger cellulite, due to hormonal changes in your body.


Caffeine is a culprit. So cutting back on coffee and soda helps.


Some studies show that applying retinol cream to the area helps diminish cellulite.


Yo-yo dieting can increase your cellulite. In this diet, initially one is successful in losing weight but in the long run, one tends to gain it back. So, aim towards maintaining a healthy body weight, and losing weight slowly if needed.


Rather than purchasing a pricey anti-cellulite cream, opt for losing overall body fat by going for a run or taking spinning classes.


Staying consistently hydrated can also help you improve the texture of your dimpled skin, and also your skin overall. So, always remember to drink ample amount of water.


Eating well, reducing stress, avoiding smoking, and getting good quality sleep may also help with cellulite.


Laser, massage and suction treatment can help temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, but you’ll need to continue to shell out cash for follow-up treatments to maintain the smoother look. Liposuction, however, has been found to actually make cellulite look worse.

First Published: Jul 19, 2012 17:52 IST