6 Cellulite Myths You Don't Want to Fall For
Dimples look cute when they appear on your face, but many would argue that dimpling of your skin elsewhere is less than ideal. This lumpy, dimpled appearance of the skin—appearing most commonly on the thighs, hips, and buttocks—is known as cellulite, and most people want nothing to do with it. The good news is that cellulite is usually not serious, though it can make some people feel embarrassed or self-conscious. Ahead, we’re sharing six popular cellulite myths you should never (ever!) believe.
Myth #1: Cellulite is uncommon.
If you’re dealing with cellulite, you’re surely not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), estimates show that cellulite affects 80 percent of women regardless of their body weight.
Myth #2: Cellulite only appears if you’re overweight.
This is one of the most common myths out there, and it has to do with conflicting information on what actually causes cellulite to begin with. According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s not enough information out there about what causes cellulite, but the uneven surface or dimpling that is noticed can be due to an accumulation of fat cells pushing up against the skin while fibrous, connective cords that tether the skin to underlying muscle pull down. It is true that weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but it’s not a rule that only those who are overweight or out-of-shape will get it. Those with thin, lean builds can also get cellulite, and genetics can also play a role. If you have family members with cellulite, it can contribute to you developing it as well.
Myth #3: Only women get cellulite.
False! Cellulite can afflict both women and men, though it’s not as common with men as it is for women. According to the Mayo Clinic, most women develop some cellulite after puberty as fat gets distributed to areas such as the thighs and hips. Keep in mind, however, that cellulite is not equivalent to fat.
Myth #4: Over-the-counter creams can get rid of cellulite.
If only! Over-the-counter creams—despite what they may claim—cannot get rid of your cellulite. That said, some may be able to temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. According to the AAD, products formulated with caffeine may help to dehydrate cells and thus make cellulite less noticeable. However, maintaining results will require consistent application daily.
Myth #5: Losing weight can remove cellulite for good.
Since extra weight can make cellulite more noticeable, many people assume that losing weight can be a quick solution to the problem. In truth, it’s not that simple. For starters, losing weight won’t bid farewell to cellulite for good. The AAD reports that—for some people—losing weight can reduce the amount of noticeable cellulite, however it could also have the opposite effect. Why? Because developing loose skin in the process of losing weight can cause cellulite to become more noticeable as a result.
Myth #6: Exercising won’t do a thing.
While the benefits of exercising may be more noticeable on your body in areas beyond cellulite, it’s not something you should rule out entirely. According to the AAD, having more muscle can make your skin look smoother and more firm. If your exercises are helping replace fat with muscle, this may help make cellulite less noticeable.