Gluten-free is a way of life, and there’s more to think about than the foods you put in your mouth. But in addition to keeping a close eye on your diet, you may want to rethink the products you put on your skin as well. The medical community offers mixed opinions about gluten in skincare and cosmetics, and many doctors say that gluten should not be a concern unless it is swallowed. But many women and men, especially those who go gluten-free to control celiac disease, report otherwise.
According to Miami Beach dermatologist, Leslie Baumann, MD, “There is a form of celiac disease called dermatitis herpetiformis that results in an itchy, blistering rash.” This condition has been definitively linked to gluten intolerance, though it is still unclear whether it’s caused by ingesting gluten or when it comes in contact with the skin.
Either way, gluten is the root cause of this skin reaction, so anyone who experiences dermatitis herpetiformis should steer clear of skincare products with gluten. Dr. Baumann also adds, “We ingest roughly 70 percent of the lip products we apply,” so it makes sense for anyone with celiac disease to take a closer look at their lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm labels and opt for gluten-free products.
Fortunately, many skincare and cosmetic companies are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon, so you can easily swap out your current products for gluten-free alternatives. The skincare line VMV Hypoallergenics is completely gluten-free, and free of all of the other major offenders that cause skin reactions to boot. (They also offer a full line of bath and body products, as well as cosmetics.) On the makeup front, Tarte Cosmetics is all about the latest colors and formulations without including gluten, so you can look beautiful without the worry.
As the awareness about gluten grows, companies that offer gluten-free products are proud to label their offerings as such—so start reading your labels and choose accordingly!
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