Gluten Free Beauty

While sitting in my class today I decided to put on some hand lotion, my celiac friend grabbed the tube and mentioned that there were oats in it….oats, processed near wheat, grown near wheat fields, cross contamination, touching food, gluten is on hands, gluten goes onto my apple, bam I am ingesting gluten, yikes!! This then sent me into a gluten paranoia, forcing me to check my lip balm, lipsticks and other makeup, body washes and body lotions.

Now ingesting gluten in any form is a no no in celiac disease, however some celiacs experience a form of dermatitis when they come into contact with gluten topically.

Dermatitis herpetiformis will affect between 15-25 percent of people with celiac disease at some point in their lives (Blumer & Crowe, 2010). It has been deemed the celiac disease of the skin and manifests itself in the form of a skin rash that affects the skin of the:
-Elbows, Knees, and buttocks as well as the Β face, scalp and back
-Pink, blister like sores that are raised above the skin in these areas will appear when in contact with gluten
-Itchiness will accompany the sores

The most common nasty terms I found in my products were colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and hydrolyzed wheat germ and modified vegetable proteins which could contain wheat.

Now while I could populate my own list of gluten free beauty I thought that I would refer you to one fabulous gluten free resource The Celiac Diva, her site has a very extensive and newer list of current gluten free beauty. Visit this linkΒ http://www.theceliacdiva.com/category/gluten-free-beauty-products/Β for an amazing product list and other interesting articles.

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