While cellulite has always been a part of human existence it has only been in the last hundred years or so that it has found such disdain that it has become an enemy to be destroyed at all costs. So what is cellulite, really? Cellulite is the cottage cheese textured look frequently seen on the legs arms hips and thighs of adult females, it is caused by uneven fatty deposits. Near 1900 cellulite was mistakenly labeled as a disease and studied more closely.

Still, modern misconceptions blame the formation of cellulite on lack of blood flow among other things. The reality is that cellulite is caused by changes in the structure of skin itself. Contributing factors to the formation of cellulite are lifestyle, hormones, diet, and stress.

Cellulite is a burden almost always borne by women. There seems to be no pattern as to which women get cellulite. Any woman no matter her weight, race or age may be susceptible to the formation of cellulite. Though it does appear more often on women who are above optimum weight it is not exclusive territory as many average weight women also have cellulite. Controlling your weight is no promise you won't have cellulite. Even some elite female athletes have cellulite.

Cellulite is not the a same as other fatty deposits found in the body. While most other types of fat can be removed with liposuction cellulite can't. The fat cells that give cellulite areas their cottage cheese appearance push toward the surface of skin forming an uneven surface just below the skin.

So how can I get rid of cellulite myself?

Many topical skin preparations have been used over the years to help mask the appearance of cellulite. The effect of these formulas was never permanent. The producers of such compounds aren't outright snake oil salesmen because many of their products do contain ingredients that can promote lypolysis, a process which can help break down fat. The issue is that the delivery method, gels and creams applied to the skin, couldn't reach through the skin to come in contact with the fatty cells that form cellulite.

Treatments known as Endermologie attempt to treat cellulite through a specialized massage process. Since it's roost over a decade ago in France cutting edge technology has improved the method until it has become a accepted treatment recommended by a number of specialists in the field.

If you want to get rid of cellulite it won't hurt to exercise. Dimpled fat areas will be less unsightly if the underlying muscles are built up by resistance training. Of course, it is a fact that women with lower body fat percentages have less noticeable cellulite.

No matter how you decide to deal with your cellulite you should know that it can have many different effects. The appearance of cellulite is likely and inherited trait which can show up enve in young active women in good health. Some women are simply more prone to cellulite issues than others no matter how old or fit they may be.

Though cellulite is medically harmless the demands of modern beauty perceptions have driven many women to extremes in search of a cure for their cellulite. While you may not be able to get rid of cellulite completely, a healthy, active lifestyle should help keep it in check.