In the US, about 1 in 133 people suffer from gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease. As a skin care expert with my own product line based on nine different skin types, I’ve been reading a lot about the gluten-free skin and body care debate lately.
What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat, millet and barley. People with celiac disease will avoid gluten in their diets and some physicians are actually advising their patients against any topical application of gluten. But according to the Mayo Clinic, a well-respected research center for which I subscribe to their newsletter, people diagnosed with celiac disease DO NOT need to use gluten-free products exclusively since gluten is only absorbed through the GI tract and not through the skin. However, products containing gluten should not be applied on the lips or around the mouth as they could accidentally be consumed…
Conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis herpetiformis are the skin conditions most commonly linked to celiac disease due to the ORAL consumption of gluten, NOT from topical use of skin care products with gluten. Dermatitis herpetiformis in particular, is an itchy, blistering, stinging skin rash that occurs in people with celiac disease when the skin reacts to gluten antibodies circulating in the system.
If you are someone with celiac disease that still prefers to use gluten-free products, the choice is certainly yours. In this case, avoid ingredients in your skin care products containing “wheat”, “barley” or “triticum”. Note: The processing of oils, such as wheat germ oil, should in fact remove all starches and proteins and therefore, wheat germ oil should be gluten-free.
Here are the Renée Rouleau products that DO contain gluten:
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