Gluten-free diets are increasing in popularity. In the US, 1 in 133 people are intolerant to gluten, which is also know as celiac disease.
What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and millet.
There is controversy about whether individuals with celiac disease need to avoid topical skin care products containing these wheat proteins. Oral consumption of gluten can cause eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis which is sometimes called “gluten rash”. Some people worry about cross contamination i.e. using a hand lotion with wheat proteins then preparing food.
If gluten in your skin care is a concern, avoid ingredients like barley, wheat, and triticum. Oats and oatmeal do not contain wheat protein but are usually processed in a facility where cross contamination is possible.
Wheat germ oil is commonly used in skin care products but the wheat protein has been removed so it shouldn’t cause a reaction.
It is best to avoid lip balms(and any products that may be ingested) that contain wheat proteins.
Do you have any personal experience with gluten intolerance and skin care? Please feel free to share!