Answer: For most of her life, my BFF Suzanne had to deal with an irritable stomach and unexpected red splotches on her skin– and test after test failed to show a source for her problems. About five years ago, she dcided to see if avoiding gluten would help. Practically overnight her problems vanished.
Doctors have long been aware of the causes and symptoms of celiac disease and its link to an over reaction to gluten. Now there is further recognition that an intolornace to gluten affects far more people. But until recently, most experts did not believe that gluten in skin and hair products could cause problems in those with gluten sensitivities. Now there is growing concern that gluten in many forms may indeed produce itchy eyes, blisters and a red skin rash. In some caes its the result of actually eating minute amounts of lipsticks and lotions. In other situations, doctors feel that the gluten in the products was actually asorbed into the skin to wreak havoc inside and out.
That being said it can be challenging to find truly gluten-free skin and hair care formulations. Gluten is hidden in ingredients like wheat germ oil, oat flour, dextrin and yeast extract. Even if the ingredients are truly gluten -free, the product may have been manufactured in plants where gluten rich ingredients were used for other products. If you really want to see if gluten-free products are what your skin needs, I have discovered three lines that you can trust:
One final thought: People dealing with eczema have a 300% increased risk of gluten intolorance. If you one of the tens of millions who are dealing with eczema, gluten-free cosmetics may be truly helpful.