If you have celiac disease or have simply deleted gluten from your diet because you’re sensitive to it, then you might wonder if the gluten in your cleanser or moisturizer is a no-no. Here’s the lowdown on the dangers of gluten in make-up and skincare.
- Things to Keep and Things to Toss
The good news is that a product which contains gluten is not necessarily a concern - unless it gets into your mouth. Yes, even though our skin does absorb approximately 60% of what we put on it, gluten in skincare products should not be a problem for celiac sufferers.
So, the main thing is to try to stay away from gluten products that are applied near your mouth or on your lips. These include:
- Lipsticks - Lip balms - Lip glosses - Lip liners
Don’t forget - toothpastes and mouthwashes also need to be gluten-free because they’re going into your mouth on a daily basis.
As for other products that might be in close proximity to your mouth, such as a moisturizer, concealer or foundation, it could be a good idea to stick to gluten-free items for these just in case. That said, it is pretty safe to use other products that contain gluten, such as eye creams, cleansers, toners and so on.
- Keep Eyes Peeled for Sensitivity
If gluten-rich skincare products generally do not harm celiac sufferers, then why has there been such a slew of them on the market? Although experts claim that gluten particles are too large to be absorbed by the skin, some people have noted that they have experienced a reaction to a gluten product, which was then resolved when use was discontinued. However, the important thing to realize is that there could have been another ingredient in the product that was the culprit for the sensitivity. The great thing about many gluten-free skincare ranges is that they are often organic, making use of natural ingredients that are better for you all round.
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