Tiger stripes. Rumpelstiltskin. Cottage cheese. All spunky nicknames you can give to the fat deposits on your body best known as cellulite. But despite its plethora of aliases, the general public isn’t as knowledgeable on the topic as you may think. In fact, there are more myths floating around out there than there are facts!
Want to spot these falsehoods? Here are the myths about cellulite that you shouldn’t fall for.
You only get cellulite from being out of shape
The age-old idea that thin or fit people can’t get cellulite is completely untrue. This is because everyone has layers of fat that can potentially squeeze between muscle fibers and cause that lumpy effect. “Even the thinnest women have some layer of fat between their muscles and skin, and everybody has the bands that the fat can push through,” Fitness Magazine explains.
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Age is the only thing impacting whether you get cellulite
This is only partially true. Yes, cellulite becomes more prevalent with age because the body produces less estrogen, which helps to smooth out skin. But as Health.com reveals, genetics play a role in whether you get cellulite. Keep in mind though that some 90% of women have cellulite and “genetics is only one small part of the cellulite puzzle.”
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Topical creams can erase your cellulite
We know it’s tempting to get sucked into the latest skin and beauty trends that claim to make your cellulite disappear. Unfortunately, none of these self-proclaimed miracle potions can completely erase the dimples from your skin. They can only make your spongy skin look smoother. “No cream will get rid of cellulite,” Allure editor-and-chief Linda Wells tells ABC News. “And they don’t really say that they do. What they say is ‘help the appearance of cellulite.'”
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Compression pants are a cure-all
Workout gear that claims to suck in all of your excess jiggle have become popular over the last few years. But keep in mind, apparel like compression pants are only a temporary fix. Dr. Cheryl Karcher, MD, tells Health.com that “you’re unlikely to see any change after you strip down post-workout.” Plus, some elastic bands in workout wear can even magnify the appearance of jiggly skin.
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Your diet has no connection to cellulite
False — our diet has a very profound impact on your cottage cheese thighs. Eating healthy fats — load up on those omega 3 fatty acids! — and whole grains can reportedly help reduce the appearance of dimpled skin. Another dietary helper is eating at the same time every day to keep your skin-smoothing regimen on track. “Sticking to a regular daily pattern trains your brain when to expect food and when not to, so you’re less likely to nosh between meals,” Susan B. Roberts, PhD, tells Shape Magazine.
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You should consult your doctor before tackling cellulite
Yes, you may consider consulting a dermatologist before trying out any over-the-counter treatments or cosmetic procedure. But it stops there. Health.com tells us that “cellulite is not a medical condition” and that “a medical professional is not required to treat it.”
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Liposuction gets rid of cellulite
Long story short: There’s no end-all be-all cure for completely eliminating cellulite, only ways to diminish its appearance. And liposuction can actually have the opposite effect! “The cosmetic procedure could even make fat distribution more uneven, making its outward appearance even worse,” Health.com says. The site does say, however, that a similar procedure called Endermologie has been shown to make appearance of cottage cheese skin less noticeable.
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