Cellulite is a skin condition that the majority of women are very familiar with. However, many women still don't understand the true nature of this condition. The following are the most common myths about cellulite and the truth behind them.

Myth: Cellulite is just fat

Fact: Cellulite is a different type of fat that does not easily respond to exercise or dieting. This is because cellulite is actually fat that is trapped in between connective tissue fibres. Although exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet is helpful in preventing and improving the effects of cellulite, other means may be necessary to improve the appearance of the skin.

Myth: Only over-weight people get cellulite

Fact: Carrying excess fat on the body can contribute to making cellulite symptoms worse, however, thin women, even women who are very athletic can all get cellulite.

Myth: Only women get cellulite

Fact: Cellulite affects approximately 90% of women and this can be attributed to the female hormone estrogen. Although rare, men can also get cellulite most often on the front of the thighs.

Myth: Diet and exercise can eliminate cellulite

Fact: Because cellulite is trapped fat underneath the skin, dieting and exercising will not get rid of cellulite. But, eating healthy and working out regularly can improve the appearance of cellulite and is important for your overall health and well being.

Myth: Cellulite only occurs on older people

Fact: The majority of cellulite does commonly appear over the age of 40 and cellulite can worsen with age. However, this does not mean younger people can't get cellulite. In fact, cellulite can start as early as 14-years- of-age.

Myth: Coffee can cause cellulite

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, caffeine can actually be helpful in improving cellulite. In fact, many cellulite creams now contain caffeine in the ingredients. The reason that caffeine helps fight cellulite is because it increases blood circulation. One of the major causes of cellulite is improper blood flow.