During puberty, after giving birth, or during the time of menopause, you may notice dimpled, lumpy appearance on your skin. It is called cellulite and it usually appears right by the time your hormones go out of control.  

Why It Occurs

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown but experts believe that there is a relationship between cellulite and hormones. 

Cellulite is more apparent during the times when the female hormone estrogen is at its peak. Some experts believe that estrogen aggravates and even worsen your cellulite. It's because this hormone encourages the body to build and store fat in different areas including the stomach, butt, hips, and thighs. These are also the common areas where cellulite develops.  

If you already have cellulite, it can get worse during pregnancy because of weight gain and fluid retention. Plus, when you are pregnant the body releases a hormone called relaxin which reduces the production of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant type of protein in the body and is responsible for keeping the skin elastic. When there is a reduction in collagen production, the skin can become less elastic, making the fat cells pushing against the skin more visible. 

Is there a way to manage it?

Cellulite caused by hormones can be managed. As to how long it takes to get rid of cellulite depends on the severity of your condition and the areas affected. 

You can significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite through a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and the use of a special type of compression garments. 

Compression garments have long been documented to improve body circulation and lymph flow, which can help in reducing the appearance of cellulite (the bumpy appearance of cellulite can be brought by inefficient blood and lymph drainage).  

Bioflect has specialized compression garments. We make use of FIR therapy fabric that results to comfortable compression garments that can significantly boost blood and lymph circulation. We have compression garments that can help you get rid of cellulite caused by changes in your hormones. 

Image: Karen via Flickr 

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