What Causes Cellulite, and How Can You Get Rid of It? When you look in the mirror, there may be certain areas of your body that just don’t look smooth, or that look dimpled and bumpy. Some say it looks like the skin of an orange, or like cottage cheese. You may know this is cellulite, but how did it get there? What is it, exactly? It is any different from regular fat? Causes of Cellulite Some people have cellulite from the time they are very young; others develop it when they are older. It is not just body fat. Cellulite is body fat, but it is a particular manifestation of it. While there is no one cause that can be pinpointed in all cases of cellulite, here are some of the commonly known causes of cellulite. * Heredity – Unfortunately, your genes may have much to do with how much cellulite you have. This may be particularly true for those who develop cellulite at a young age. It seems that in some families the tendency toward cellulite, like other bodily traits, may be passed from parent to child. This does not mean you can’t do anything about it, though….