Seems like more and more people are going gluten-free to address issues of inflammation, weight gain, bloating, and many other symptoms. There is a difference between gluten intolerance, also known as Celiac Disease, and gluten sensitivity or allergy. (Click the photo for an article with the science behind gluten intolerance.)
“Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001280/)
Those with gluten issues develop symptoms when they ingest something that has gluten in it, or has been processed in a facility that has also processed products containing gluten. True Celiacs need to be gluten-free for life.
Because gluten intolerance is a gastrointestinal condition, many ask if they can use personal care products containing gluten because of the skin’s absorption properties. How do you know what personal care products you can use if you are avoiding gluten?
“Gluten-containing skin care products and cosmetics aren’t a problem unless you accidentally swallow them. For this reason, avoid using such products on your lips or around your mouth. Also, avoid using gluten-containing dental products, such as certain mouthwashes and toothpastes. If you’re uncertain about whether a product contains gluten, check the ingredient list on the product label or contact the manufacturer.
Some people develop a form of celiac disease called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), which causes an itchy, blistering rash. This skin disorder is also linked to gluten intolerance. But although it involves the skin, DH is caused by ingesting gluten, not by skin contact with gluten. So, eliminating gluten from your diet will help clear up DH as well.”
Well, that makes me feel a little bit better, but I’ve sometimes had my shampoo drip into or near my mouth. If you are still concerned about the possibility of getting a personal care product containing gluten ingredients in or near your mouth, you now have options!
First, there are companies saying they are gluten free, but when you dig deeper you will see ingredients that are derived from gluten. I used a shampoo and conditioner that advertises that they are gluten-free only to have the very long list of ingredients catch my eye. When I read it closely I saw “hydrolyzed wheat protein” as plain as day!
The take home message is to know your ingredients that contain gluten, read your labels and avoid anything that gives you symptoms. It is a Personal Choice and if you feel better going completely gluten-free in your personal care products, you have more options.
Apriori Beauty has a complete line of Skin Care that is completely gluten-free! We are a signer of the Safe Cosmetics Compact for Cosmetic Safety, as well as being awarded a Champion of Safe Cosmetic Innovation award!
You Beauty provides an excellent list of Skin Care Ingredients that Contain Gluten .
Here’s to your Health and Beauty!