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Do Cellulite Scrubbers Work?


Cellulite scrubs, like most topical cellulite treatments, can only reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily.

There are many treatments and products available today that address the persistent problem of cellulite including topical scrubs. These scrubs contain exfoliating beads or particles to gently remove dead skin cells in order to improve the absorption of other cellulite fighting ingredients contained in these products known as methylxanthines, which include caffeine, aminophylline, and theophylline.

Methylxanthines are added to cellulite reducing products for their alleged ability to break down the fatty tissue beneath the skin that produces the appearance of cellulite as well as increase the blood flow to remove excess fluid and toxins.

Actual scrubbing devices like bristle-brushes or plastic exfoliators are also available in the market. These are used in conjunction with scrubs to assist in stimulating blood flow.

There are conflicting opinions regarding the effectiveness of cellulite scrubs. Some of those who have used these cellulite scrubs reported a noticeable improvement in the appearance of cellulite. These positive results, however, were generally observed in those with mild to moderate cellulite. At best, these scrubs minimize cellulite’s appearance. But to date, most scientific studies do not support the effectiveness of cellulite scrubbers as a method to treat or remove cellulite.



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