Soon after the aforementioned cellulite fitting room crisis, I came to another realization: cellulite hurts.
Not only is cellulite unpleasant to look at, but when I took the time to pay attention I could feel it was also tender to the touch. It’s amazing how a small detail like this can escape one’s notice.
Cognitive studies show that people have an overwhelming tendency to discount information that does not fit in with what they expect to see. It’s not that we see what we want to see, we see what we expect to see.
The belief that cellulite is purely a cosmetic condition is deeply ingrained in our cultural knowledge. Most doctors believe it so blindly that if a woman reports that her cellulite hurts, they assume the pain must be a result of a different condition and not cellulite (for example, see the response to this question about painful cellulite on WebMD).
This does not change the fact that many women have noticed that cellulite hurts. And it doesn’t explain the fact that my cellulite no longer hurts now that I’ve been working on healing it.
In this month’s cellulite book-of-the-month, The Cellulite Secret: Why You Have It and How to Lose It, Shonagh Walker acknowledges that cellulite can be painful. She also offers an explanation.
As described in our Cellulite 101 Series, cellulite develops when fat and fluids accumulate in subcutaneous tissue, the fatty tissue just below the skin. This tissue is connected to the skin through fibrous bands called septa. Cellulite forms when these bands become rigid and pull down against the connecting fat cells, creating an uneven appearance on the skin.
As Shonagh explains, nerve endings can also become compressed and tender in this process which accounts for the pain many women experience with cellulite.
So in light of the widespread belief that cellulite is purely a cosmetic issue, I’m sending out this Request for Information to see how this belief corresponds with your experience of cellulite.
Does your cellulite hurt? Please share your experience in the comments section below.
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