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iVillage: Getting Rid of Cellulite: What Works -- and What Doesn't


Think that hours of leg lifts and climbing the StairMaster will dwindle away cellulite? Don't waste your time. "Cellulite has very little to do with fat; you couldn't exercise enough to get rid of it," says Howard Murad, M.D., author of “The Cellulite Solution” and founder of the Murad skincare line. "The thing to understand is that cellulite is a skin problem, not a fat problem." He explains that cellulite is found in areas that have less circulation (the buttocks and thighs); and that in these areas, collagen weakens at the dermis level (the layer just below the skin) and fat from below the dermis migrates up toward the skin's surface, giving the cottage cheese look. Even though exercise won't rid you of cellulite, it does improve blood circulation, which can help prevent fat buildup all over the body.

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