Causes of Cellulite
The appearance of cellulite is due to an accumulation and expansion of fat cells underneath the skin. Under the top layers of skin in women, there are tiny chambers created by vertical bands of fibrous connective tissue, where fat cells are located.
As fat cells expand inside these chambers, they push upwards into the skin at the same time as the bands that connect muscles to the skin pull downwards. The result of the pushing and pulling is unevenness on the surface of the skin with mild-to-severe lumps or dimples forming.
Depending on the severity of the dimpling, cellulite can fall under three grades: grade 1 for mild cellulite with only a few depressions and an appearance similar to an orange peel, grade 2 for moderate cellulite with more depressions and an appearance similar to cottage cheese, and grade 3 for severe cellulite with many deep depressions and an appearance similar to a mattress.
There are many reasons why you may develop cellulite, including changes to hormones, smoking, sitting regularly, not leading an active lifestyle, changes in weight, and natural fat distribution. The large number of cellulite causes – some of which are difficult to control – explain why so many women experience the condition at some point during adolescence or adulthood.