Avoid Allergens In Skin Care Products
If you have celiac disease, your skin and entire body may respond strongly and negatively to gluten. Certain products, including non-food items, can contain hidden gluten. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed “gluten-free” labeling standards for food products, these standards do not apply to every item that could contain gluten, including cosmetics.
Research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated how difficult it is for consumers to find out whether their beauty products contain forms of gluten. Even though you’re not actually eating cosmetics, even a small amount of gluten in a lip balm could cause a problem — think of how often you bite or lick your lip.
Researchers have raised the question of whether gluten-containing lotions and moisturizers might trigger a response in the skin of a person with celiac disease. The investigation was prompted by case studies of two women who had contact irritation on their skin that went away when they stopped eating gluten in their diet and stopped using beauty products containing gluten.
In beauty products, hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers. This is an area of research that requires further exploration, but people with celiac disease who want to live a gluten-free lifestyle should be aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics. The skin absorbs these ingredients quickly, so the risk is very real. When in doubt, contact the maker of your favorite brands and ask about their position on gluten-free products. Many companies have statements listed on their websites because gluten is a growing skin care issue among consumers.
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