Lumpy or dimpling skin is a sign of cellulite. Cellulite is the name for little pockets of fat that push against the connective tissue beneath your skin. It often appears on your thighs, stomach, and butt. This condition gives your skin a lumpy, puckered, or dimpled appearance.

The good news is that cellulite is not harmful and has little to do with how much or how little you weigh. In fact, even very slim people could have cellulite. Fat is not the same as cellulite; cellulite can be stubborn and stick around even if you’re on a strict diet and exercise regularly.

Cellulite has four grades:

  • Grade 0: you have no cellulite anywhere on your body.
  • Grade 1: when you stand up, your skin is smooth, but when you sit down, you notice mild dimpling.
  • Grade 2: when you stand up or sit down, your skin has moderate dimples.
  • Grade 3: when you stand up or sit down, your skin has severe dimples. You can also see deep peaks and valleys on your skin (raised and depressed areas).

Why does it form?

The exact reason for cellulite is still a bit of a mystery. It’s a combination of a few factors: fat cell accumulation, hormonal imbalances, the structure of your skin, genetics, and your body type. Have a look at pictures of famous athletes, even the fittest can have cellulite.

But I want it gone!

There are a few ways you can try to improve the appearance of cellulite. Let’s look at these options.

If you’re overweight, losing weight and toning up your muscles can “smooth” out the dimpled texture of your skin. Speaking of toning – skinny fat is a thing. This is when you’re slim, but your muscles lack tone and definition. Try to add Pilates, yoga, and light strength training to your workouts.

Are you drinking enough water? Water is the best beverage and does a lot to keep your skin looking healthy. Make sure you’re hydrated which can go a long way in giving your skin a glow. 

There are some creams and topical treatments that could improve your skin texture. These treatments usually have an indirect and short-term effect. Speak to a pharmacist about the safest options before you try out random lotions and potions. Some may contain ingredients that could further irritate your skin or cause allergic reactions.

Try a regular massage or loofah brush around the affected areas. Massages, in general, are good for improving lymphatic drainage and firming up skin.


Remember, cellulite is not a detrimental health condition. Focus on eating a good range of fruit and vegetables, work on toning your muscles and drinking enough water to flush out toxins.


This article is for informational purposes only. Always check with your doctor or medical practitioner about any health concerns, before embarking on any fitness or nutrition programme, and usage of any medication.