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The Gluten That Could Be Hiding In Your Skincare

You’d be hard pressed to find a grocery store or restaurant these days that doesn’t have a gluten-free option or solution for the foods they provide. Many people — 30% of American adults in fact — prefer a gluten-free option without even having a true gluten intolerance.

But for many people, gluten-free food and products are essential to their well-being. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, 1 in 100 people struggle with Celiac disease. This is a debilitating disease that causes all kinds of painful symptoms from diarrhea to abdominal pain, from fatigue to weight loss. And it’s all brought on because of an allergy to gluten, which can be found in commonly used foods like wheat, barley, rye and other grains.

The Effect of Gluten on the Skin

People might not be aware that gluten can also have a big effect on the skin. For those dealing with this disease, even the most microscopic amount of gluten can set off an attack. According to Dr. Schultz, “In some cases, people can also get an intolerably itchy, bumpy rash called dermatitis herpetiformis (which, by the way, is not related or caused by herpes virus, but simply means the skin inflammation can have an appearance similar to herpes).”

Sometimes, this rash appears without any of the other gastrointestinal symptoms. Typically, this rash consists of small, itchy, red bumps with tiny blisters and it’s distributed in places like the buttocks, scalp, elbows, knees, back and even the face. It can be so itchy that people with the rash end up scratching it until they bleed. This sensitivity to gluten that results in dermatitis herpetiformis can be affected by gluten in skincare products as well.

The Gluten Hiding in Your Skincare Products

With the increasing popularity of “natural” skincare products, there have been more and more instances of those with gluten sensitivity developing symptoms from using these kinds of natural products. That’s because they either include ingredients derived from gluten containing grains, or there has been cross-contamination of the products in the factory where the skincare was developed.

One example of this is Vitamin E. Because of its efficacy as an antioxidant, Vitamin E is very popular in many skincare products. However, it’s also sometimes derived from a wheat source. The same goes for Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Wheat Germ Oil, two products that you should look out for if you have any gluten sensitivities. 

Your Skin’s Gluten-Free Solution

There are plenty of great products for your skin that don’t have gluten ingredients. The Progressive Peel, Dermstick for Pores, and Balancing Cleanser are just a few of the gluten-free solutions provided by BeautyRx. If you have Celiac or any other kind of gluten sensitivity and find yourself breaking out without any gastrointestinal symptoms, finding a product that works for you is as simple as double-checking the product label, just like you do for food. When taking care of yourself, what you put on your skin can be just as important as what you put in your stomach.

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