Why Gluten-free skincare is important
With celiac disease and gluten-intolerance on the rise, gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly prevalent. While many individuals understand the importance of removing foods that contain gluten ingredients or byproducts, few take the additional step of eliminating skincare, makeup and other products that contain gluten. Here are a few reasons why choosing gluten-free skincare is important.
Why Use Gluten-free skincare
Allergic Reaction is Possible
Contrary to popular belief, gluten is not able to be absorbed through the skin. In order for any substance to be penetrate the skin, it must be less than 500 daltons in size (a dalton is a unit of mass used to express atomic and molecular weights). Gliadin (the protein in gluten) is approximately 631 daltons, making it too large to be absorbed by the skin (source).
However, gluten in skincare product can still be ingested through the mouth in two ways. First, applying products containing gluten on the lips or around the mouth make ingestion highly likely. These products may include lip balms, lipsticks, lip gloss and even moisturizer that has been applied to the face areas around the mouth.
Second, you may apply a product containing gluten to the body (like body lotion) that does not go on the face or mouth. If, however, you do not thoroughly wash your hands after application, you may inadvertently ingest it if you put your hands in or near your mouth. The product can also be transferred to food when touched and thus ingested.
Doctors agree that each celiac or gluten-sensitive individual have different levels of tolerance and different reactions. NYC dermatologist Dr. Robyn Gmyrek states, “When I have a patient on a gluten-free diet and still having symptoms, we go through every product and eliminate any which might provide a gluten exposure.” (source).
What Ingredients to Avoid
First things first, not all gluten-free skincare is actually labeled as gluten-free. Why? The gluten-free skincare trend is still on the rise and companies are just beginning to realize the importance of including that label on their products if they truly are gluten-free. Here at Facial Lounge we have been gluten-free since our founding in 2008! We are currently in the process of redesigning out labels to include our gluten-free standards as well as other toxic and harmful ingredients we never use (we are vegan, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates, synthetic fragrances, dies, gmos, pesticides, parabens, and more!). Read our full article on all the ingredients we refuse to use in our products here!
Other than simply choosing skincare that is labeled gluten-free, here is a list of ingredients you can look out for to avoid gluten:
- AMP-isostearoyl hydrolzyed wheat protein
- hydrolyzed wheat protein (HWP)
- hydrolyzed wheat gluten
- triticum lipids
- triticum vulgare
- wheat bran extract
- wheat germ extract
- wheat germ glyceride
- barley extract
- hordeum vulgare extract
- malt extract
- rye or secale cereal
- sodium lauroyl oat amino acid
- avena sativa extract
For fun, we thought we would share some of our favorite gluten-free and non-toxic makeup brands as well!
La bella donna
Youngblood mineral cosmetics
We hope you found this article on gluten-free skincare informative and as always, we love any comments or questions you may have!