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Cellulite or “orange peel” – What is it and how to remove it?

All women dream of having firm legs with no trace of cellulite. However, cellulite affects more than 70% of women who desperately seek a solution to end the “orange peel”. In Life and Health we tell you what cellulite is and if it is possible to eliminate it.

Lucia is one of many women in her twenties and thirties who try to eliminate that nasty appearance of “orange peel” known as edematous-fibroclastic paniculopathy or cellulitis that mainly affects the areas of the thighs, hips, abdomen And arms. He tried everything: he lost weight, he exercised and he changed his eating habits to healthier ones. He bought anti-cellulite creams, believed in the miracles offered by television “infomercials” and again, was frustrated. It seems that Lucia’s efforts did not bear fruit.

Why? To understand this enigmatic question that assaults millions of women in the world, it is necessary to understand what cellulite is all about. Let’s begin by answering the questions you probably ask yourself every day.

What is cellulite and how is it produced?

Cellulitis is the inflammation of the subcutaneous cellular tissue caused by an alteration or malfunction of the circulation at the micro level. The rough or hollowed out appearance that is so unattractive, occurs due to fluid retention, which hinders the blood and lymphatic circulation. The two components of the skin that are altered by this are: chondroitin sulfuric acid and hyaluronic acid.

What are the causes of cellulite?

A specific cause of cellulite has not yet been identified, but it is known that there are factors that contribute to the appearance of cellulitis, including:

Smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages, since they diminish the oxygenation of the tissues

Lack of exercise or physical inactivity

Overweight and Obesity

Varicose veins because they make venous return difficult and contribute to fluid retention

The use of tight clothing that makes circulation difficult

A diet rich in saturated fats

Taking oral contraceptives (pills)

Inheritance is another factor that can contribute to you have cellulite: if your mom has cellulite, you will have more predisposition

In addition, other conditions such as pregnancy (due to increased hormones and circulatory load) can be cause of cellulite.

Is there treatment for cellulite?

The market is flooded with products and methods that promise the disappearance of cellulite. However, its effectiveness is questionable. Among them are substances tonificadoras of the veins (venotónicas) like the ruscus aculeatus, the capillaries like flavonoids, creams with Asian sparkle or caffeine. Also the methods like the massages; Mesotherapy, which consists of injecting subcutaneous microcirculatory stimulant drugs that claim to kill fat deposits. And liposuction (which is the surgery by which the fat is aspirated). The latter sometimes makes cellulite look worse.

Perhaps of all methods, the one that works a little better is one based on lasers and radiofrequency systems that require frequent treatments (twice a week for several weeks). The results can last up to six months. Of course as long as they are administered by qualified professionals.

If you have cellulite, I advise you to start by checking your diet, make sure it is healthy. If you are overweight, lose weight and of course, make exercise part of your routine. Remember that if your muscles become stronger, cellulite will be less noticeable. And the most important…. With these changes, not only will you look better, you will also be investing in your health!

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