Gluten-Free Cosmetics

Gluten-free.

Becoming aware of gluten-free cosmetics and skincare popping up on makeup counters?  Do you know why?  I sure didn’t have a clue until Celiac Chicks enlightened me a couple of months ago.

Gluten intolerance exists in varying degrees: celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. Celiac disease is the most heightened gluten sensitivity since it is an autoimmune disease that affects digestion, nutrient absorption, the blood stream, and skin.

Since our skin is an absorbing organ, those with gluten intolerance should stay away from applying ingredients that are derived from gluten, especially celiacs.  Dermatitis herpetiformis is a common visual symptom of gluten intolerance.  It can be a gruesome rash of itchy, liquid filled blisters. I’ll refrain from including pictures of the condition.

So, what is a common gluten-derived ingredient in cosmetics?

Vitamin E.

This is where Celiac Chicks enlightened me.  Vitamin E can be derived from wheat germ. Applying vitamin E that is derived from wheat germ can cause a sizeable allergic reaction to those with gluten intolerance, namely celiacs.

The good news with vitamin E is that it can come from gluten-free sources, such as corn and soy.

If you have any gluten intolerance it is wise to seek gluten-free skincare and cosmetics.  Read your labels.  If you are still unsure of the ingredients or want to be doubly assured, contact the company.

Keep an eye on this space, because gluten-free product reviews are on their way!

Got a favorite gluten-free skincare/cosmetic product?  Share it in the comments below!