Cellulite is a common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. Between 80 and 90 percent of women will probably experience cellulite at some point in their life.
Cellulite looks like dimpled or bumpy skin. You can see mild cellulite only if you pinch your skin in an area where you have cellulite, such as your thighs.
More severe cellulite makes the skin appear rumpled and bumpy with areas of peaks and valleys.
Cellulite is most common around the thighs and buttocks, but it can also affect the breasts, lower abdomen, and upper arms.
The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the skin surface and the layer of fat that is just below it.
Doctors believe these are the most common causes:
- Hormonal factors & age
- Genetic factors
- Dietary & lifestyle factors
Also, cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, but slim and fit people can have it, too. It is more likely to happen after 25 years of age, but it can affect younger people – even teenagers.