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Gluten-free skin care products questioned for celiac disease

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Gluten-Free Skin Care Products

People with celiac disease frequently switch to gluten-free skin care products in an effort to reduce their exposure to the protein. However, researchers and medical professionals have questioned if this is a necessary step. Although there are some instances that it may be required, it is important to follow expert advice before throwing away all the beauty products in your home.


Gluten can be found in many skin care products, but it may not pose a danger to everyone. The Mayo Clinic recommends that people with celiac disease avoid using products with gluten that require application near the mouth or on the mouth like lipstick or lip gloss. It is also important to use gluten-free toothpastes and other dental products. However, Dr. Michael F. Picco shares that products not being ingested or coming into contact with the mouth do not necessarily have to be gluten-free.

Dr. Picco is not the first medical professional to suggest that gluten-free skin care products may not be necessary for people with the condition. Dr. Adam Friedman, shared his opinion with the DermatologyTimes and believes gluten is too large to enter the body through the skin. He mentions that ingesting the protein is the only way for it to get inside.

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Gluten can be found in several forms in skin care products that include hydrolyzed wheat protein and wheat gluten extract. Consumers may see other names on their items, and companies use a variety of extracts. Despite statements from experts, some people with celiac disease claim to feel worse after using products with gluten on their skin. The possibility of a reaction to another ingredient exists, so it is important to talk to a doctor about any rash or irritation that appears after an item is used. It is recommended that the person immediately stop handling or applying the skin care product that is causing the reaction and seek help.

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