What are conventional treatments for cellulite?
- Cellulite creams – there is little evidence to support their use, and some may even be harmful because they could be narrowing the blood vessels and forcing water from the skin, which can be dangerous for people with circulatory problems. A lot of them contain aminophylline - a prescription medication approved for treating asthma. This drug can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.
- Liposuction – a surgical procedure which removes deep fat deposits (not cellulite) from the body. It can actually worsen the appearance of cellulite.
- Mesotherapy – injecting substances such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes into the tissue just beneath the skin. It was originally developed to relieve painful inflammatory skin conditions. It may break down fat and cause slight improvements in the appearance of cellulite. But it can cause swelling, infection, and make the body shape appear irregular.
- Massage and other spa treatments like seaweed baths – these may have a temporary effect, but they do not remove cellulite.
- Laser treatment – there is a device which is said to melt the fat under the skin, break up the fibrous bands under the skin, and stimulate collagen production. But the long-term effects of having such treatment are not yet known.
What are alternative treatments for cellulite?
Even most doctors would agree that the best way to prevent and to reduce cellulite is exercise (both aerobic exercise and strength training), and, if needed, lose weight. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber (e.g. flaxseed) can also help. Reducing your salt and sugar intake may also help.
Some women found that doing a 10-minute scrub with coffee grounds and hot water in the shower twice a week helped to reduce their cellulite. Others found a small effect from just doing the scrub without the coffee grounds. Others also found rubbing on coconut oil and following it with dry massage brush helped.
Some found drinking a mixture of cayenne pepper, lemon juice and water 3 times daily helped.
Of course, essential oils traditionally have also been used for cellulite. For more information, see the Useful Essential Oils tab.
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