There Are No Toxins in Cellulite

Last week a popular TV talk show featuring a bunch of doctors (I’m not naming names) discussed how coffee grounds can improve cellulite. They explained how rubbing coffee grounds into your skin imparts caffeine into the cellulite thereby improving the circulation and drawing the toxins out.

This is a great tip except that rubbing coffee grounds on your skin does not impart any caffeine into it, and there are no toxins in cellulite.

Cellulite is a normal secondary sex characteristic of women. It is the result of thin connective tissue in women’s skin. Massaging the cellulite (with coffee, tea, grapes, cream cheese, or chocolate frosting) pushes the fat back into the skin, temporarly improving the appearance. There is no science behind using coffee to treat this normal condition.

Scientific studies have shown, however, that carrying a wet coffee filter filled with grounds into your bathroom will burn more calories because you’ll spend 20 minutes later cleaning up the mess in your shower.

Photo: NiallKennedy

13 thoughts on “There Are No Toxins in Cellulite”

  1. Fouridine says:

    Thanks Doc on myth busting. I think lots of women fall into the trap of pseusoscientific beauty products including me until I learnt about skepticism. I hace a question about collagen masks. Do those actually work? Can our skin actually absorb collagen from them?

  2. Lol! I was thinking the same thing about cleaning up that mess. You think that’s bad? You would have looooved the show today then.

    I am recovering from surgery and saw the above mentioned segment. I was wondering what were they really thinking to have some of these people on?

  3. Doctor, can you tell me: is there a specific brand of chocolate frosting you suggest for massaging your cellulite, or is it better to make your own?

    🙂 Some people will believe anything that will make them feel better!

  4. This is why I love your blog! I got a great laugh at the calorie burning clean up and another at Jessica’s tongue & cheek question about frosting brands. I missed the TV piece where docs gave this sage advice in the first place, I probably would have had a stroke.

  5. To Fouridine: No. And no. Unless the collage mask is a prescription medicine. But I’m merely a skeptical consumer, not a medical professional.

    By the way, Doc, I saw your name in the latest issue of Self magazine and thought, “Hey, I read that guy’s blog!”

  6. Oops, spelling error: collagen, not collage.

  7. I love this post, to the point, dispelling all those myths out there designed to end in tills going cherr-ching. If our skin absorbed all of the ‘wondrous!!’ ingredients that cosmetic companies promised the human race would have died out centuries ago from toxic overload absorbed from the environment we live in!!

    Keep up the great work!

    Lex

  8. @fouridine
    Thanks. No, your skin cannot absorb collagen. Peptides, which are tiny bits of collagen, perhaps.

    @crystalis
    I must be missing something because people seem to like it.

    @Jessica
    I recommend only made-from-scratch frosting. You’re cellulite will love it.

    @cynthia
    It was like shouting at an umpire on TV after a blown call.

    @nadine
    thanks!

    @lex
    Thank you! It’s ironic that we are more “toxin-free” now than at any other point in human civilization, yet we spend more time and money to detox now than at any point in human civilization.

  9. I was actually seeking to get an ecigarette. Before I order electronic cigartette may you write an article on the benefits

  10. I have suffered from cellulite for many years and if I have discovered one fact it’s that diet and exercise is the only real way to help get rid of it.

  11. I have struggled with cellulite for a really long time now and if I have learned one thing it’s that diet and exercise is the the only actual way to reduce the appearance of it.

  12. I have been victim to cellulite for many years and if I have discovered one fact it’s that diet and exercise is the only real way to help get rid of it.

  13. I have suffered from cellulite for ages and if I have discovered one fact it’s that diet and exercise is the the only actual way to reduce the appearance of it.

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