I’m getting cellulite, but I’m not overweight – help!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Although I am not overweight, I have noticed that the back of my thighs are starting to have a slight resemblance of cellulite. What can I do about this, to prevent it from forming fully? 

Cellulite

Health expert Dr Graham Duncombe from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“It is important to remember that cellulite is not simply connected to weight gain. It is influenced by diet, circulation, poor lymphatic drainage, hormones and lifestyle. So there isn’t simply one quick-fix when it comes to this condition. All of those factors have to be taken into account. So the ones that are completely in your control are your diet, exercise, sufficient water intake and avoiding things that cause toxicity in the body (such as smoking, for example). Where we would be able to help you professionally is with your hormonal profile and with the appearance of the cellulite that is already there, by doing treatments that will improve your circulation, lymphatic drainage and skin condition. Treatments such as Velashape, Exilis, Titania and Carboxy Therapy can be considered.”

Ask Dr Duncombe your health-related questions here.

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  1. Pseudo_kate

    Foam rolling and dry body brushing is also important and will help make a slight improvement.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    thanks for the clarity we always think its just fat

    4 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Yes ladies I have also made peace with it!

    4 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Yup bad circulation due to lack of excersise, I’m so guilty of that!

    4 years ago •

  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    I have the same problem. Thank you for the tips. Need to hit the gym soon!

    4 years ago •

  1. Sithembile Mathe

    I’m so skinny but I do have cellulite I will try body brush and see how it goes.

    4 years ago •

  1. Shantel Vivekanandan

    The picture associated with this article is annoying for a few reasons. Anyone who squeezes their skin together is going to see cellulite. That is not really what we are concerned with. It is the sight of cellulite when one is not squeezing the skin. We all-well most of us- have a layer of fat right under our skin which when pulled together is going to show a lumpy surface. Both stretch marks and cellulite are two of those annoying things that you are either prone to or not. There are ways to minimise them. I do agree that all the advise in the article is useful. There are also other things you can do that will help short term and long term. If you need a quick temporary fix. Rub coffee beans onto the surface of your skin. It will smooth it out temporarily. Body brushing is also a great way to to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Use a large body brush and vigorously scrub-in a circular motion- while you wash. It is also a great way to exfoliate the skin. Lather your body with a body wash. Wet the brush and scrub yourself. Do it at least once per week. It may take a few weeks but it will give you an improved surface.

    Love Naturally
    Silk Helmet Lady

    4 years ago •

  1. Ingrid Peters

    I am so with Esme. Yes it would be nice to wear a bikini or shorts without showing orange peel but it is apart of me along with my stretch marks – the appearance of my skin may be improved by treatments etc but chances are it will never be completely smooth and it is better just to accept and get on with living.

    4 years ago •

  1. Esme Van Jaarsveld

    I have made peace with my cellulite years ago :(

    4 years ago •

  1. Sheethal Dajee

    I have also started noticing the development of cellulite on my thighs and legs. Guess I have to up the excercise and water intake!

    4 years ago •

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