6 Common Myths About Cellulite

Millions of women have this pesky little issue in common and spend loads of money trying to prevent, reduce, or even make cellulite disappear altogether. In fact, cellulite affects about 90 percent of women and about 10 percent of men.  But, before you go out and start buying products and treatments, there are 6 common myths about cellulite that you need to know.

What is Cellulite?

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Cellulite is found mainly on the backs of the legs, the buttocks, and even on the stomach. It can look like an orange peel, pitted and lumpy, or even appear as long dented lines in some people. Cellulite can be very minimal or very severe in some cases.

Many people tend to think that cellulite is just globs of fat under the skin, but it’s a bit more complex than that.

The appearance of cellulite is actually caused by tiny connective lines that run vertically from just under the skin to the fascial tissue on top of the muscle. As these connective lines pull down from the skin towards the muscle, a dimpled appearance becomes present on the surface of the skin. The reason cellulite is not as common in men is that the connective lines in males are more of a lattice pattern, evening out the tension, whereas women have more of a straight line of connective lines that pull down.

A few known causes of cellulite are lack of inactivity which can decrease circulation in the body, tightness in the fascia, excess body fat, and good ole genetics (thanks mom!). Otherwise, not much more is known as to what causes cellulite for certain.

Myth 1: Cellulite is Just Fat

As stated before, cellulite is caused by those pesky little connective lines pulling down towards the fascia on top of your muscles. Yes, some fat is involved because that’s what is getting trapped in between those lines and pushing up towards the center in between each one causing that dimple or “orange peel” appearance in the skin.

Myth 2: Skinny People Don’t Get Cellulite

Wrong! Anyone of any age and any weight can most definitely get cellulite. Unfortunately, cellulite isn’t just a weight problem, it literally goes deeper than the numbers on the scale.

Myth 3: Losing Weight Means Losing your Cellulite

Sadly, it’s not always the case. Though some people have tremendously reduced the appearance of their cellulite through simple weight loss via dieting, exercising or the use of a weight loss supplement, sometimes it’s not always a successful approach.

Cellulite can sometimes be caused by excess fat in the body and reducing your weight to a healthy number is definitely a great choice for the long term, but it typically has to do with tight or damaged connective tissue (fascia) in the body and reducing your weight won’t always make the cellulite disappear.

Myth 4: Cellulite Creams and Lotions Will Work

This is kind of a half-truth and I’ll explain why. Some lotions that are specifically made to treat and reduce the appearance of cellulite may not work at all because they can’t treat the core of the issue.

Creams can’t penetrate deeply into the skin the and fascia to repair it, but the action of applying cream can most definitely have you on your way to improvement. That’s because self-massage stimulates blood circulation which can promote healing and improvement.

Some creams that contain caffeine can actually help as well. Since our skin is our biggest organ and it absorbs whatever we put on it, caffeine would be a bonus for your cellulite because caffeine also improves blood flow.

Myth 5: Tanning Can Make Cellulite Disappear

A lot of people look great with a tan, but please don’t fall for this terrible myth. The fact is, tanning can make your cellulite worse! It’s true, the damaging UV rays from sunshine can actually break down the skin’s collagen and elastin and cause cellulite to worsen and the skin to look more aged.

A safer option would be a self-tanning lotion or spray to give you that golden glow and help to camouflage the cellulite. This actually works well for some women.

Myth 6: Cellulite is Caused by Excess Toxins in The Body

If you’ve ever picked up a tube of cellulite cream and read the label, you might notice that the majority of them claim to remove “harmful cellulite-causing toxins” just by rubbing cream into your skin.

There is no science to back this up as toxins are not the cause of the issue and simply cannot be pulled out through the skin by any cream.

How to Prevent and Treat Cellulite Effectively

Prevention of cellulite can be possible with leading a healthy and active lifestyle. According to Dermatologist Ariel Haus cellulite is most formed in places with the least amount of blood circulation. So, with more activity and warming up of the muscles and skin, it could very well be prevented.

  • Drink plenty of water – Every cell, every tissue in your body contains water, so it’s safe to say that drinking plenty of it will be very beneficial in fighting cellulite as you keep your body well hydrated. Dehydration can cause wrinkling of the skin and breakdown of collagen and elastin, so drink up!

  • Get active/Stay Active- Exercise is one of the greatest keys to treating and preventing cellulite. It keeps your body in top shape and optimizes your circulation.

  • If you have a desk job, stand up and stretch frequently- Sitting at a desk all day is counterproductive to the elimination or prevention of cellulite. Your body requires movement in order to stay healthy and keep the blood circulation well, so be sure you stand up and stretch, walk in place, or do whatever you can to keep moving frequently.
  • Self-Massage- Massaging the affected area regularly can improve the appearance of cellulite by increasing blood circulation.

  • Eat healthily and keep a healthy weight- Holding onto excess weight can increase the appearance of cellulite. By following a healthy diet and keeping your weight in check, you can help to prevent and treat the issue.


No matter if you already have cellulite or are trying to prevent it, there are plenty of ways to be successful with it. Stay active, eat whole, healthy foods, drink plenty of clean water, get a sufficient amount of sleep each night and you’ll be on your way to a smoother, healthier body in no time.

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