Causes and types of cellulite

Cellulite is a natural consequence that appears especially in women, and which we face in a totally corrective way, when it should not be so. It may not be visually socially appealing, so it's understandable that you'd want to do everything you can to remove it.

The good news is that you can treat it so that it partially disappears or is not so obvious.

You just have to follow several simple but practical tips.

Do you want to know what those suggestions are?

Here we gather them all for you!

Let's start by answering this question:

Why does cellulite appear?

Understanding why cellulite appears will help you not feel so bad about it. The usual causes involve genetic predisposition and hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, menopause or puberty. Having cellulite is not a synonym of "being fat", but rather that the body is beginning to prepare itself to deal with a pregnancy.

Now, well, there are other causes that make some parts of the body take on that orange-peel appearance. Circulatory problems, aggravating and/or inducing medications, obesity and other adipose disorders also influence its appearance.

Of course, you can't avoid many of these things, but what factors can you control?

Here they are: stress, nutritional deficiency, sedentary lifestyle, excess alcohol and consumption of foods with a lot of carbohydrates and fats. Avoiding all this will help you to be one step further away from unwanted cellulite.

Is it necessary to see a specialist?

We normally associate cellulite with an aesthetic defect, but did you know that it can become a problem for your health? Therefore, in certain cases it is necessary to see a specialist. For example, if it is caused by medications, orthopedic, metabolic or hormonal diseases.

Likewise, you need to seek professional medical opinion if it is related to different dermatological pathologies, if you do not improve after treatment or even worsen. Also apply the advice if your cellulitis is grade four and is thought to be infectious.

Do not be alarmed!

Just because you have a little cellulite on your legs doesn't mean you're in this situation. This usually occurs when there is an excess of cellulite and this is clearly visible and noticeable. Even so, we will explain it to you in detail if you continue reading.

Different types of cellulite

Knowing what the different types of cellulite are will help you take care of your appearance and health. By finding out a little about this, you will be able to identify which one is yours and it will be easier for you to treat it in the best possible way:

clinical status

Depending on the clinical state, there are different types of cellulite that you should know about, and they are classified into the following degrees:

  • First degree: It appears as skin with an orange appearance and can only be seen by pinching the skin.
  • Second degree: The orange-like skin is easily visible in the upright position.
  • Third degree: The orange skin appearance becomes visible in any position, causing recurrent pain.
  • Fourth degree: They are clearly visible and very painful nodules, making it necessary to see a doctor.


The different kinds of cellulite also come to be categorized depending on the degree of its compaction. Taking this factor into account, they are classified as:

  • Flaccid or soft: It turns out to be the one that occurs most frequently. In addition, it becomes associated with varicose veins and edema.
  • Edematous cellulite: It manifests itself on the lower extremities, causing a series of annoying problems. These include fluid retention, heaviness, vascular problems and pain.
  • Hard or compact: It is difficult to pinch and presents hypothermia in the area.
  • Mixed: It consists of a combination of the soft, the edematous and/or the compact. That will depend on the area of ​​the body in which it appears.

Tips to prevent or eliminate cellulite

It is not necessary to ask if you want to prevent cellulite (or eliminate it if you already have it), because if you have come this far, surely the answer is YES. Luckily, there are plenty of pro tips that are easy to follow and don't involve much of a sacrifice.

Here is the list with the most effective suggestions:

  • Don't often wear very high heels or clothing that is too tight.
  • Do sports frequently (minimum 3 days a week, if you can).
  • Apply anti-cellulite for a whole year, once or twice a day.
  • Use anti-cellulite by giving yourself circular massages ascending from the ankle, going up to your waist.
  • Perform physical exercises that do not cause strong impacts.
  • Drink enough water daily and maintain a balanced diet.
  • Do not expose yourself to the sun for a long time or to excessive heat with hot baths or saunas.
  • Try to wear socks that are used for rest.
  • Do not spend many hours standing, sitting or with your legs crossed.
  • Use exfoliant 1 or 2 times a week, so that the treatment is effective.
  • Try every morning to perform exfoliations that are dry.
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