Cellulite is the name for the lumpy, dimpled flesh we all often experience on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen.
It's mostly commonplace in adolescent and adult women. Cellulite affects nearly 90% of women during their lives, even those who are otherwise slender and fit.
While it’s not considered a severe medical condition, many people find cellulite embarrassing.
Studies show that hormones play a significant role in the appearance of cellulite. Women, as they grow older, produce less oestrogen—one of the hormones which help keep blood vessels flowing well—and lower oestrogen levels can produce poorer circulation.
Hence why hormones are one of the factors which mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
Men are not prone to cellulite because they have little oestrogen.
Collagen breakdown is a biological driver of cellulite, which logically indicates that women with excess cellulite are suffering from an excess of collagen breakdown.
Sometimes described as looking cottage cheese-like or having an orange peel texture, cellulite appears as dimpled or bumpy skin.
Most people can only see cellulite if they pinch the areas on the back of the thighs or similar.
More severe cellulite manifests as rumpled and bumpy skin with areas of skin that look like peaks or valleys.
While usually found around the buttocks and thighs, cellulite sometimes appears on the abdomen, chest, and upper arms.