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Cellulite | Part TWO

Written by Dr. Diana Howard on June 26th, 2014.      0 comments

What Causes Cellulite?

The precise cause of cellulite is most likely a combination of factors. We have already looked at the structure of the hypodermis layer and explored differences that are inherent in women. We now know from numerous studies that each of the four stages in cellulite formation is distinguished by changes in the molecular and structural level. Now we must examine what is the trigger mechanism and what is orchestrating this condition known as cellulite.

According to Drs. Sherwitz and Braun Falco (Reference: 3), one of the causes of the rippling effect of cellulite is fluid retention in adipose tissue. They noted that, along with an engorgement of fat cells, cellulite tissue showed clear evidence of fluid invasion in the connective tissue fibers of the upper layers of skin. They concluded that not only do the retained fluids cause visible swelling of thighs, hips and abdomen, but that the toxic wastes the fludis contain break down collagen and elastin fibers that help to keep the skin smooth and firm.

Further studies by Drs. Nurmberger and Muller confirm this finding and indicate that there is a definite decrease in the number of elastin and collagen fibers in cellulite tissue. It is believed that, as we age, these structural proteins generally begin to stiffen and lose their flexibility. Engorging fat cells, accumulated fluids and toxins and poor circulation can exacerbate the loss of firmness. All of these factors are believed to contribute to the formation of cellulite.

While the actual cause of cellulite is the result of a breakdown in the connective fibers, one must remember that the reason for this breakdown is most likely a decline in the circulatory system. Although toxic accumulation and fluid retention certainly are major contributing factors to cellulite formation, it is poor circulation (blood and lymphatic flow) that ultimately creates the right environment for cellulite formation. Loss of circulation to an area – whether caused by lack of exercise, too much sitting, clogged arteries or nutrient deficiency – can have a serious impact and accelerate cellulite formation. That is why cellulite generally appears in areas that have poor circulation; unfortunately, once it forms it slows circulation in an area even more.
What Can be Done to Treat Cellulite?

Aside from weight loss, exercise and liposuction, the number of treatments that are effective in treating cellulite are limited. Even massage, once touted as being effective in treating cellulite, probably does more harm than good. If a professional performs a firm, kneading type of massage on cellulite areas, she may actually stimulate additional fluids into the tissues. Unless accompanied with a means of improving blood and lymph flow out of the tissues, massage may only exacerbate the problem.

On the other hand, a lighter form of massage, known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), stimulates lymph flow and may in fact be one of the most effective means of treating the causes of cellulite. MLD is a light, rhythmic pumping massage pioneered by Dr. Emil Vodder. This technique has the unique result of aiding in the elimination of lymphatic fluids without increasing blood flow. It is recommended that it be done at least twice a week, or even daily, for best results. However, this is a therapeutic technique that requires proper training and certification before it can be effectively performed.

The International Dermal Institute offers classes that can certify you in MLD therapy in three days. Our guest educators are experts who maintain thriving practices, and all are certified by the Vodder Institute to teach the Vodder Method of MLD. For more information, contact your local IDI training center or view our class schedule for an upcoming MLD certification workshop at your local training centre.
 Aromatherapy Oils for Treatment

The use of essential oils in conjunction with MLD is an especially effective technique. These oils help stimulate elimination and improve circulation and lymphatic movement. Some of the essential oils that we recommend at The International Dermal Institute include:
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Black Pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Cypress
  • Atlas Cedar
  • Juniper
  • Geranium
  • Lemon Grass
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The Future of Cellulite Research

While our knowledge of cellulite has progressed considerably in the past two decades, there is still more investigative work to complete. As new ingredients are introduced, the scientific community must undertake responsibility to determine that these ingredients are not only efficacious, but safe and effective as well.
This Article was supplied by Skin Health Experts (S.H.E) on behalf of the International Dermal Institute (IDI)
You can learn more about S.H.E and IDI at

Skin Health Experts (S.H.E)
Phone: 0800 433 762

S.H.E are distributors of:

  • Dermalogica
  • NVEY Eco Organic Makeup
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