Orange Peel Skin: What Causes Orange Peel SkinUsers Rating

Orange peel skin mainly affects women, because one of the principal causes favoring its appearance are estrogens (women hormones). There is no direct link between orange peel skin and obesity. Fat accumulation is not always related to being overweight.

The most affected areas in women are usually the legs, thighs, knees, abdomen, hips and arms and for men, the abdomen has the most cellulite.

Cellulite or orange peel skin is a problem that is triggered in the subcutaneous tissues. It begins with an infiltration of fat in those tissues, increasing the fat cells numbers (adipocytes) and degrading fat by those cells. Not only adipocytes numbers grow but also their size increases significantly, this is linked to liquid retention and a deficient capillary circulation in this area, producing the anti-aesthetic orange peel skin aspect.

Causes of orange peel skin or cellulite aren't clear, what is defined are factors influencing its development:

1. Genetics

Genetics are not only influencing familiar antecedents (if a mother has cellulite, her daughters will have more possibilities to have it too), but also there are women with more predispositions, for example Nordic women are less affected by cellulite.

2. Endocrines and hormonal

Hyperthyroid, pituitary gland and ovaries dysfunctions, etc...can cause an excess in the estrogens production favoring liquid retention and increasing the viscosity of the intercellular material.

3. Avoid stress

Stress favors fat storage, because in this situation there is an increase of the adrenalin production that can even provoke a hormonal imbalance.

4. Circulatory insufficiency

Capillary fragility and venous insufficiency can prevent water and toxins exchange with the venous return favoring orange peel skin and liquid retention.

5. Digestive problems

Some hepatic problems and a deficient food assimilation provokes constipation.

6. Diet and nutrition

It's essential to follow a balanced diet, to avoid salt, sugar, alcohol, coffee and precooked dishes in excess because they favor fat storage.

7. Lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, the wear of high heels and tight clothing, even staying long hours standing make venous return difficult and contribute to the development of venous insufficiency.

8. Medications

The use of some medication with a high estrogens content like oral contraceptives favors fat accumulation and cellulite.