Orange Peel Skin - by Editor

No, this is not a food article. These phrases are popularly used to describe the dreaded phenomenon of cellulite. Dimpled knees only look cute on babies. If you're way past the baby stage and you have dimpled fat below your waist level, you've got cellulite!

The pinch test

Pinch your skin between your thumb and finger or between the palms of your hands. If it is just plain old fat, the pinched skin will appear smooth. However, if the pinched skin has ripples or bumps similar to an orange peel, it's cellulite.

Skinny people have it too

Cellulite can affect any age group and there is a depressing statistic that claims that 99% of all women develop some cellulite after 30. However, men can also have cellulite around their necks and stomachs. As you may have guessed from the title, it definitely appears on the thighs. It also settles around the buttocks, the hips, the stomach, the ankles, the upper arms, the upper back below the shoulders and the lower back. That seems to cover most of it. The most astounding fact is that you don't have to obese to have cellulite. While overweight people are more likely to have cellulite, even skinny people face the problem.

There are two kinds of cellulite. The hard variety, which appears, believe it or not, in more active people, is harder to detect, as it is not so easily pinched away from the muscle. Soft cellulite is associated with poor muscle tone and is more noticeable as the skin is loose and it sags.

Who's the culprit?

While some researchers would like to believe that cellulite is all in the genes, it is more likely that what parents do pass on are bad habits. Cellulite formation is linked to poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, build-up of toxins in the body and poor circulation. Cellulite may also develop after pregnancy or as a result of taking contraceptive pills due to excessive estrogen levels.

The orange peel or cottage cheese effect is the direct result of the malfunctioning of the waste removal system and the build-up of toxins in the body. When this happens, the connective tissue surrounding the muscles become filled with fluid that hardens into hard pockets making your skin look like the peel of an orange.

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Name: madhuri limaye
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Informative article. But what shud one do if they have this cellulite problemNULLNULL
Name: Anitha
City:   california
Comments:   What does one do 4 this problemNULL
Name: Jyoti
City:   Johannesburg - South Africa
Comments:   Hi ladies, I think cellulite is every woman's worst nightmare, I've read that one needs to massage the specific area in a circular motion on a daily basis - apparently it works - I've been trying it and I do see some results - Good luck (Also, there are many creams and lotions on the market recently
Name: Jyoti
City:   Johannesburg - SA
Comments:   Also ladies, one should do a regular detox fast for 3 days (water and fresh fruit juices only with some carbohydrate meals for dinner)and walk, walk, walk (even if its for 20 minutes per day)
Name: Martha
City:   Arkansas
Comments:   Hi ladies. My name is Martha and I'm only 20 years old. I have a very low-self esteem because of cellulite but I'm working on trying to fell better about myself. I have it pretty bad and it is something that's always, I mean always on my mind. The only thing that gives me true hope is when we go to heaven how we will all the same bodies and bodies that are going to be perfect. We're not alone rightNULL
Name: Anna
City:   Toronto
Comments:   This article is grossly misleading. Cellulite is caused by excessive accumulation of bodyfat in adipose tissues. The bodyfat stretches the skin creating orange peel look. Some thin people may have it because being thin does not mean being lean. You can have very little muscle and low weight but higher % of body fat. Try reducing the fat% below 22% by combination of diet and exercise and the cellulite WILL disappear.
Name: Alleymich
City:   Vicenza Italy
Comments:   I find that with correct diet rich of fruits and vegetables. Also fasting and flushing the system using a colon cleanser or blood purifier,the body is able to beat any toxins that develop that can turn into cellulite and if u do have stubborn cellulite,please do try also the vitamin E and castor oil massage,for three times a day,also excercise each part affected... eg:legs,or arms really works
Name: cindy
City:   phoenix
Comments:   i am skinny, very athletic, and strong. but i play volleyball and there's those things called spandex. i have a few dimples on the sides of both of my upper thighs. i dont understand how people that are fatter than me and not as athletic dont have them and I do!
Name: Angie
City:   NJ
Comments:   I'm also thin and athletic, I run, do sprints, play soccer, and am constantly in the gym almost everyday and I can't seem to get rid of the 2 dimples on each of the backs of my upper thighs. I heard somewhere that you can't get rid of it and it could be hereditary.
Name: Alexandria
City:   Denver
Comments:   Does drinking a lot of alcohol cause you to get orange peel skin on your faceNULL I've always been a heavy drinker and just recently I have noticed a difference in my skin. I am 32 and I have always had flawless skin up until around 6 months ago. If drinking is the reason, of course I should stop drinking...but what else can I do to get my beautiful skin back? Or is it not repairable!
Name: brooke
City:   princeton
Comments:   what's the cause of lower back dimples, and how can i get rid of them
Name: Rani
City:   Seattle
Comments:   Try Avon's Cellusculpt cream. It helps tighten skin, and reduces jiggly appearance of cellulite.
Name: Khusboo Gill
City:   Virginia (USA)
Comments:   Hi ! My face is very skinny den my body its very slim i really like heavy skin faces but i duuno wat ca i do plz tell me any idea by mail thanku so much ...
Name: Mistrey
City:   San Jose
Comments:   I have a question can you get ride of celluliteNULL I heard that if you take Kelp pills every day for 6 months it takes your cellulite away. Is that trueNULL
Name: Natalie
City:   U.S. of A
Comments:   does the Avon;s Cellusculp Cream, and the Loreal's Sublime Slim work at all to take away cellulite?
Name: amanda
City:   st.kitts
Comments:   my body fat is at 20 percent right now and id day my legs ar ein shape. so why do i have it at the back of my legsNULL screw all that hereditary crap. i kno girls that moms have it and they dont. im sure mine will go away by the end of the summer.remeber dont sit on ur asses all day massageing it thinkin it will go away cuz it doesnt. i do resitance training everynight for an hour. u dunt have 2 do cardio but u can.
Name: Ruth
City:   Bath, UK
Comments:   Haven't you americans got anything better to worry about. What about world peace, 3rd world debt & the state of your souls?!?!?
Name: haha
City:   dkshALKDH
Comments:   Wow Ruth you have got to be kidding. Yes we worry about those things, but just because we have self-respect for our bodies does not mean we do not care about other things. Are Americans the only multi-tasking thinkers>NULL Are you saying you can not think of more then three things at once. People like you drive me crazy, ignorance owns you.
Name: neha
City:   comoros moroni
Comments:   i have lots of fats on the back of my upper thighs downer part of my hips and my legs are also very fat. please give me some advise for curing my cellulite because it is very noticeable and i feel ashamed while getting out of my house as i am very young
Name: sravanthi
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   i have a overweight problem i accumulated lot lot of fat around my hips,thigs,back,lower abdomin so kindly give me some tips to reduce

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