Cellulite is a common skin condition that causes an “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” appearance. Over 80% of adults (mostly women) suffer from cellulite. It is caused by the fat cells pushing upwards resulting in an uneven skin surface. In addition, the collagen bonds within where the fat cells are located and are stretched, causing further unevenness to the skin’s surface.
Both men and women have cellulite but it appears more frequently in women due to the types of fat and connective tissue that women have. There is no clear cause of cellulite but the most popular theories include hormonal factors, genetics, diet and lifestyle factors.
Men’s skin is thicker than women’s and their collagen fibres are not arranged vertically, but instead a horizontal crisscross that holds fat firmly, in place rather than it pressing against the skin causing dimples to be formed. The collagen arrangement in men is down to their testosterone.