I know it’s been a while since I posted last. I’ve been doing research into gluten in beauty products. What I have found is conclusively inconclusive, but I will share with you what I’ve found so far.
When you are first diagnosed with celiac disease, you think that gluten is only found in the food that you were eating. Not so. Gluten is found in many things other than food, like toothpaste, although the major brands lke Crest and Colgate do not contain it. Body wash, body lotion, hair care products, make up, almost everything you come in contact with.
Lipstick, and possibly chapstick. Since they are used on the lips should be a concern. Since I’ve used chapstick for a very long time, never really thinking about it, I called the chapstick contact number to see if chapstick has gluten in it. I mean why would it? Right? The answer I received in my opinion was a complete run around.
I asked this exact question, “I have celiac disease, which is an intolerance to gluten, so I cannot eat any products with wheat, rye, or barley in it. Does chapstick contain any of those grains.” What I was told, “We do not put gluten in the end product.” HUH? Okay but is it in any of the ingredients that make up the end product. Again I got we do not put gluten in the end product. I guess I’ll be finding a new product to use instead of chapstick.
Now onto what if it is body lotion or makeup that is not going anywhere where you might ingest it? This is where it gets inconclusive.
In her book The G Free Diet, Elisabeth Hasselbeck says that she can’t have any hair care products, body washes, lotions, or anything that she comes in contact with have any type of gluten in it.
However, Dr. Michael Picco at the Mayo Clinic says, “Gluten containing products and cosmetics aren’t a problem unless you accidentally swallow them.”
“If you use a cosmetic or skin care product that contains gluten and you develop a skin reaction, see your doctor or dermatologist to identify the cause. It is possible to have an allergy to wheat or another grain that could cause a skin reaction.”
To read Dr. Picco’s full article click here.
That is pretty much what I am finding all over. Celiac Disease is an intolerance to ingested gluten, but there are some people that can’t use skin products that have gluten in them.
So it seems the best advice to follow is Dr. Picco’s. If you use a product and have a reaction see your doctor to find out why.