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Is There Gluten in Your Cosmetics?

By Jean Campbell

gluten in makeupIf you have Celiac disease you need to know if there is gluten in your facial products and body lotions. According to a recent study by George Washington University researchers those with Celiac disease may not be aware that they are being exposed to gluten in lip, face and body products.

The study was prompted in part by the case of a 28-year-old woman with Celiac disease who experienced a worsening of disease symptoms, including gastrointestinal complications and a skin rash, after using a body lotion marketed as “natural.”

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. For most of us, gluten isn’t a problem, but for those with Celiac disease, gluten damages their intestines.

Researchers examined products from 10 of the leading cosmetic companies in the U.S., only finding two of the 10 companies offering detailed ingredient information. None of the companies offered gluten-free products.

“The findings are alarming because gluten-containing cosmetics can be inadvertently obtained by the consumer and use of these products can result in an exacerbation of Celiac disease,” researcher Dr. Pia Prakash said in a college news release. “This study revealed that information about the ingredients, including the potential gluten content in cosmetics, is not readily available.

Some smaller cosmetic companies specifically advertise gluten-free alternatives. Larger companies should inform consumers as to whether or not their products can be safely used by individuals with gluten sensitivity,” Dr. Prakash concluded.

(SOURCE: American College of Gastroenterology news release, Oct. 28, 2011)

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