Cellulite Can't Be Cured—But There Is Good News

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Around 85% of women are affected by cellulite (regardless of dress size), so it's good to know if you have it, you're not alone. We should also point out that there's nothing wrong with having it. After speaking to many different experts, from doctors to estheticians, we know that we have no control over whether or not we have cellulite; it's hereditary.

Cellulite is pretty much a rite of passage, and if you're okay with it, that's great. I have cellulite, and it definitely doesn't keep me up at night. But that's not to say I don't want to be know what I could do to improve it. Body brushing is old news—it works, and it's affordable.

The thing is you can't really get rid of cellulite; all you can do is minimise its appearance. So why is it so hard to remove? "You have your epidermis, dermis, and the hyperdermis," Anjali Mahto, MD, tells us. "What ends up happening when cellulite forms is that the fat settles between the connective tissue of the dermis, which results in the dimpling skin."

As there's also connective tissue in the way—it's not simply a case of breaking down the fat; sometimes you have to break down the connective tissue to really see a difference. No surprise, then, that many women find cellulite a stubborn concern to tackle.

We spoke to various experts who deal with cellulite regularly, and they were game to share all the tricks they know for reducing its appearance. From the cost-free lifestyle changes to the more permanent surgical options, we've got the 101 on minimizing the look of cellulite.

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