Smoking and cellulite

Smoking, vaping, fat accumulation, dieting and cellulite

Many women notice that smoking has made their cellulite worse, sometimes in a matter of months. There is a lot of misinformation about cellulite, so in this article we examine how smoking (and vaping) affects cellulite and weight gain.

Smoking and cellulite

Does smoking cause cellulite?

Not only it does, it is in fact one of the most important causes of cellulite.

Smoke components, such as tar, nicotine and additives, cause skin and blood/lymph vessels to suffer:

  • oxidative damage

  • inflammation

  • glycation

  • fibrosis

This results in impaired circulation and lymph drainage and deterioration of the quality of skin collagen and elastin.

Since fibrosis/connective tissue deterioration, poor circulation/lymphatic drainage, glycation and inflammation are all major causes of cellulite, it is easy to understand why smoking is so bad for cellulite.

Smoking, dieting, fat accumulation and cellulite

On the other hand, smoking may indeed decrease appetite and reduce fat absorption by fat cells in the more "genetically gifted" women.

In women with propensity to accumulate fat this effect is diminished.

However, in the long run the negative effects catch up with all women, regardless of genetics, wreaking havoc on skin, blood vessels and cellulite - not to mention overall health.

Smoking, heredity and cellulite

In the only study examining heredity and cellulite (Cellulite, smoking and angiotensin‐converting enzyme (ACE) gene insertion/deletion polymorphism), smoking was identified as a key factor for causing cellulite in a large number of genetically predisposed women, specifically due to its effect on fibrosis, oxidative damage, glycation and inflammation on skin and blood vessels.

Clearly smoking may not affect all women the same in regard to cellulite, but it does affect SOME women quite severely and quite quickly.

And it affects ALL women over time, to a greater or lesser extent.

Vaping and cellulite

Despite the absence of tar, vaping is only marginally better than smoking, as it still delivers nicotine to the body, which directly affects blood vessels and cellulite in a negative way . So the best solution is to quit altogether.

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What you can practically do about cellulite

This entire website is dedicated to cellulite reduction and skin tightening, but a good starting point on how to beat cellulite and the effects of smoking on cellulite is our 60+ tip guide on how to reduce cellulite:

You may also wish to check our highly concentrated cellulite creams:

You can also check our intensive cellulite treatments in London: