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It’s unfortunate (and frustrating), sure. But the fact remains that 90 percent of women have cellulite in some form. “Cellulite doesn’t discriminate. It affects women of all shapes, sizes, ages and races,” says Carolyn Jacob, M.D., founder and director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology.

Now, let’s get into the facts. Cellulite is caused by three biological factors: your fibrous bands, skin laxity and your fat cells (we all have them). Underneath the skin is a pattern of fibrous bands that tether the skin to the underlying muscle with fat lying in between. Over time these bands thicken, which causes tension on the skin above it. The fat cells then push into the skin, while the thickened fibrous bands pull down, creating an uneven skin surface (aka dimples). However, despite this fact, women surveyed in a recent study believed the top three causes of cellulite were either: weight gain, lack of exercise or an unhealthy diet.

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