Beauty and Anti Aging

How Dangerous Are Cosmetics and Skin Care Products to Celiac Patients?

How Dangerous Are Cosmetics and Skin Care Products to Celiac Patients?

Today, the cosmetic industry has fueled a surge of interest among many people across the globe. Other than make-up products, toners, pore minimizers, and various face creams have appeared to help get someone get their ideal appearance. To complement those, companies have also came out with products like moisturizers, lotions, and firming creams to help solve most of someone's skin issues. As time goes on, the cosmetic industry just gets more and more promising.

However, while many are pleased with the advances in the cosmetic industry, celiac patients still feel half-hearted about them, even when several studies have shown that these products pose no harm to celiac patients. But, the word "gluten" attached to these labels are a cause of concern for most patients, so some of them choose to stay protected and opt for cosmetic and skin care products that are known to be gluten-free.

But, why? Well, there are definitely a few understandable reasons for celiac patients to steer clear from any product that contains gluten. The only way to manage the disease right now is to avoid ingesting products with gluten, so patients and loved ones want to be extremely careful with what they buy for use. 

Can skin and beauty products be absorbed by the skin?

Although it may not seem like it, gluten may lurk in various beauty and skin care products that are currently on the market. This resulted in a growing concern of cross-contamination among celiac patients, especially those with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). So, the presence of easily absorbed skin care products adds to the concern. Plus, some manufacturers mislabel their products or use Latin (e.g. Avena Sativa for OAT) on their labels, which causes more confusion to celiac patients who are looking for products that are safe.  

As to the question of whether or not these products can be absorbed by the skin, the answer is a definite yes!

After all, that is why they exist in the first place—to supplement beauty. Celiac patients fear that along with these products are traces of gluten that can be absorbed through the skin, which may trigger the disease.

Despite the fear, experts like Michael F Picco, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic claims that they would be no serious problem unless these products are ingested in large amounts. The safety level of gluten consumption for celiac patients remains at 10 milligrams. This does not seem like much, but cosmetics and skin care products have a very low amount of gluten, if they have any ( around 1-5%). Experts also claim that the protein molecule is too large for the skin to actually absorb.

What celiac patients need to look after are the products that may be swallowed unintentionally. These may include lipstick, lotion, and some dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash. Just like consuming gluten-rich food, eliminating gluten in your system will clear up any manifestation of celiac, including dermatitis herpetiformis.