Stretch marks are scar like linear changes on the skin. In their first stage they appear as greyish or red and blue changes. With time their colour becomes less pronounced and becomes ivory. Stretch marks tend to affect thighs, stomach, hips, buttocks and lower back areas. There are two main causes of stretch marks. The first one being long term stretching of the skin, usually related to the rapid weight gain, the example of which can be pregnancy. And second one are hormonal disorders, like excessive corticosteroid production or taking steroids.
Cellulite – “orange peel” – is formed as a result of defectively functioning lymphatic system, which results in storage of leftover toxins in fat cells. Its formation stems from hormonal balance disorder in the system, poor circulation and dysfunctions inside lipid and connective tissues.
Cellulite affects mostly women, mainly in hip, stomach, outer thigh, inner knee and buttock areas. It can affect even very young people. Cellulite changes appear as irregular thickening, dimples under the skin. In very advanced stages those changes may become painful. Cellulite tends to progress easily.