Christina Dodd 

Question: I saw a product on TV the other day called Cellulean that claimed to reduce cellulite and slim problem areas. The people were pretty convincing but I’m skeptical. I wondering if this product could help get rid of my cellulite. Or, better yet, make me look thinner. Is this a scam or does this product work?


Answer: Cellulean, like other creams advertised to reduce cellulite and thin problem areas, is designed to reduce the number of fat cells in the body Cellulean boasts 2.0% aminophyllene concentration. Aminophylenes are typically ingested orally and used for the treatment of asthma. However, a convenient side effect has also been to stimulate the metabolism and decrease fat cells. Although this all sounds great, there is very little evidence that aminophylenes have the same effect on the body when used topically.

Although the Cellulean website makes some very convincing claims, including testimonials and clinical trials, independent research does not seem to link the active ingredient, topical aminophyllene, with weight loss. Also, the FDA has listed ingestible aminophyllenes as potentially harmful for pregnant women. Be sure to consult a doctor before starting any treatment.

Francis Peterson, our respected beauty expert, did a fantastic review on anti-cellulite creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprising.