Trying To Treat My Cellulite: A Visit To Dermatologist
I hate myself every time I look into the mirror. I don’t hate my face, don’t get me wrong.
I hate what I see on my body and what’s called cellulite. There is hardly any woman who
doesn’t know what cellulite is, so I don’t want to spend time on defining it. Instead let’s
see whether you and I can find the best skin care and get rid of it or no. But first let’s
understand one thing — cellulite doesn’t develop among women who gained or failed to
work out their weight. Every woman is at risk of developing it.
On which parts of the body does it develop? Such was my first question to my
dermatologist. The common places, she said, where cellulite develops are the backside
and the thighs. However, note that the abdomen, upper arms and breasts are also risky
What causes cellulite? Some time ago I heard one of my absolutely skinny friends talking
highly that skinny people don’t develop cellulite. Trust me she was wrong — it doesn’t
matter how slender you are, because cellulite is not related to your fats or bones, it’s
related to your skin.
Genetics is an important factor in cellulite. For example my mom had cellulite, and now I
have. Other causes of cellulite include aging and hormonal changes. These are factors
you can’t control.
Trying To Treat My Cellulite: A Visit To DermatologistHowever, there are factors you
can control. Let’s not forget that cellulite cannot be prevented, but your lifestyle can
affect the appearance. For best skin care avoid fluid retention, inactivity, excess body fat,
yo-yo effect and a high-carbohydrate diet.
For a long time I thought that tanning can hide cellulite. I’m sure many of you thought
the same way. And that’s the basic reason why I always exposed my backside to the sun
whenever we were at the beach. My dermatologist smiled when I told her this. She said
that tanning is not a good way to hide cellulite because once it fades away, cellulite
becomes even more obvious. “Do not forget that the UV rays damage the skin and make
it less resilient,” she said.
I wondered whether healthy weight loss could be a good “treatment” to my cellulite. She
was kind of waiting for such a question. She said that it doesn’t matter whether it’s
healthy weight loss or no, because weight loss, in particular, can even worsen it, as
weight loss may cause loose skin.
Then I told her that I use certain retinol creams, methylxanthine creams and herbal
creams to treat my cellulite. “Do they help?” she asked me. “Not really,” I answered.
“Those creams can sometimes show signs of improvement but yet there hasn’t been any
research proving their effectiveness. Some of them seem to improve the cellulite
appearance by creating thicker skin, others break down the fat, but it’s a question whether
they treat cellulite itself or no. Herbal creams, for example, are believed to reduce
cellulite, but they cause allergic reactions in people. So they are not effective and are not
best skin care for cellulite,” she said.