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Between 80 and 90 % of women admit to experiencing cellulite at some point in their lives. Both fit and slender women are also feature in these numbers. Meaning you’re not alone.  However, the struggle towards finding methods that actually work, leave us feeling alone. As getting rid of it remains a persistent hot topic with constantly new approaches.

Causes of cellulite

The direct cause still, unfortunately, remains unknown. Which, makes trying treatment and prevention a tricky game. However, doctors have worked up many theories. Many stating that interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin. And the layer of fat that is just below it. What we do know for sure is that cellulite is more common in women as opposed to men, due to the structure of women’s skin. Women’s  fat cells and connective tissue are vertical . Thus, when fat cells penetrate the layers of the skin it is far easier for them to sit and produce cellulite in women than men, as men’s fat cells are set up in a criss cross.

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Another theory, is a change in hormones. Women’s hormones such as estrogen, insulin,  noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. In addition, as women age, blood flow that connects to the tissue decreases its circulation. The lack of circulation leads to the production of cellulite.

Another cause is down to unlucky genetics. Here are treatments that can help to reduce cellulite.

Disclaimer: Firming creams are not included because they simply do not work, and can not be medically backed.

Dry Brushing

An age old, and probably the easiest, treatment. Increase by brushing in a particular direction: upward, and usually before taking a shower.

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Dry brushing is said to reduce cellulite. Though there isn’t much research to back claims of this method of reducing cellulite being affective, and evidence of good results is mainly anecdotal.

Fascia blasting

The use of a clawed stick called a “fascia blaster” is one of the latest form of treatment said to drastically improve the appearance of cellulite. Similar to Dry Brushing,  the Fascia Blasting stick is used to brush on the skin in an upward motion.

Though there have been numerous rumors concerning the fascia blaster, in that it has lead to bruising, have surfaced around the internet from angry customers. Given that actual improvement has been recorded, the pros seem to outweigh the cons.


With the various types of laser treatments out there,  some of them can be used to improve the appearance of cellulite.

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One in particular, called Cellulaze, is commonly used to find improvement. This laser actually works to thicken the layer of the skin, thus helping to improve its appearance.

The Bottom Line

The fact that, even in this day and age, the causes behind cellulite still remain a mere theory is disheartening to say the least. Even so, if anything at all, the main take away from this article should be that whilst there are many treatments that claim to reduce it until we can confidently confirm the root cause of cellulite, the treatment and additional creams (whilst they may show signs of improvement) remain a theory too. Other cellulite loosing programs are losing body fat, firming the muscle underneath the skin, following a low-carb diet, and boosting circulation and blood flow.

Mbali Masinga

Mbali Masinga

Mbali Masinga is a Media and Lifestyle enthusiast currently studying towards a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at Drew University in the United States.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.