Cellulite, orange peel peel or peau d’orange is a condition in which pits form in the skin. This makes the skin resemble that of an orange peel. Women in particular suffer from it and it mainly occurs on the thighs and buttocks. How do you get cellulite and what is the treatment for it?
Symptoms of cellulite
Cellulite (orange peel) should not be confused with another cellulite: an inflammation of the skin. These two are sometimes confused and not entirely illogical: both forms have to do with the subcutaneous connective tissue. An orange peel is also called peau d’orange or (incorrectly) cellulite.
An orange peel is clearly recognizable: pits in the skin that mainly occur on the thighs and buttocks. Women suffer from it more than men. Age does not play a decisive role in this, orange peel skin occurs just as often in young as in older women. An orange peel can cover a small area of skin but can also leave large deep pits over the entire thigh and buttocks. Sometimes the orange peel skin spreads elsewhere on the body. Although orange peel skin is not a serious condition and does not cause any adverse consequences, it is mainly disfiguring and many women hate getting it.
We find the cause in the fat cells. Everyone has fat cells that are strategically distributed throughout the body. In women, there are more fat cells around the hips, thighs and buttocks. Groups of fat cells are constricted by connective tissue strands. This causes them to bulge and create pits in the skin. This is probably due to damage that disrupts the supply and drainage to and from the fat cells. Excess weight plays an important role in this. Fat cells can fill up with fat, but when this becomes too much fat, all kinds of damage or disruptions can occur. Cellulite is just one of these and the least dangerous. Heart disease is a serious consequence of being overweight.
Another cause is too little exercise. Nowadays we spend a lot of time behind the PC, tablet, watching TV, going to work by car, etc. There is too little exercise: something that humans are made for. Too little exercise causes poorer blood circulation to the tissues. This makes it easier for cellulite to develop. In women we sometimes see an increase in cellulite after pregnancy. Whether this is caused by hormones or by an increase in fatty tissue is not always clear.
Everyone wants to get rid of cellulite. Not because it poses a health hazard, but because it is unsightly. The cosmetic industry has responded very cleverly to this and produces one ointment or lotion after another that promises to make cellulite disappear. These products are often expensive to purchase and provide little or no help. However, there are a number of products that do help.
Massage is an important factor. Massaging the orange peel skin promotes blood circulation, which can reduce cellulite. For better massage, the use of an oil or lotion is recommended. This also makes the skin supple and soft. A lotion or oil specifically for orange peel skin often rubs off slightly better than a regular lotion. Taking extra vitamin B strengthens the skin, but healthy food is preferable.
Losing weight and exercising are two very important treatments. Effective and good for health. Moreover, it reduces the chance of new orange peel skin. Exercise stimulates blood circulation and when you lose weight, the fat cells will reduce in size. This will cause the pits in the skin to become significantly less deep and sometimes even disappear completely. It is not necessary to exercise intensively, as long as you exercise daily. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator, or take the bicycle instead of the car. It is better to do your shopping on foot four times a week rather than by car once a week. You can also watch TV when we are on the exercise bike. There are plenty of ways to exercise more and live a healthier life.
Another way of treatment is to have an orange peel peel removed cosmetically. This can be done with liposuction, among other things. It is recommended to first get rid of cellulite naturally. An intervention is not only expensive and not reimbursed by health insurers, but it also entails risks.
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