The gluten free skincare debate

 

We know the only remedy for celiac disease is a 100% gluten free diet, but what about other products, like soaps and lotions, containing gluten? Should the nearly two million Americans with celiac disease eliminate those as well?

This is a hot-button topic that’s grown over the last few years and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

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DOES THE SKIN ABSORB GLUTEN?

Most medical evidence, so far, says no. But the anecdotal evidence overwhelmingly disagrees. For every article that states topical products containing gluten do not affect people with celiac disease, there are dozens of comments from celiac sufferers reporting they’ve experienced the harmful effects first hand.

As the body’s largest organ, the skin absorbs what you put on it. In fact, we specifically formulate lotions for maximum absorption. But the medical community believes gluten molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin. Many doctors will agree, however, that if you apply a product containing gluten on or around your mouth, it could be harmful even in very small amounts. The same can be said for hand lotion transferring to the foods you eat.

SHOULD YOU ELIMINATE PRODUCTS WITH GLUTEN?

It comes down to a personal choice. We know that’s not the most cut-and-dry answer, but it’s the most objective one. After all, we sell gluten free products, so…

WHY IS NOURISH ORGANIC 100% GLUTEN FREE

When we set out to be the first USDA-certified organic company in the world, we wanted to offer ski care products that were as pure and clean as the organic produce at your local supermarket. They were products for people who didn’t want to put anything on their bodies that they wouldn’t put in their mouths. So it just makes sense that we’d want to offer that same solution for people who don’t put gluten in their bodies.  

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BEAUTY PRODUCTS CONTAIN GLUTEN?

Gluten is not specifically called out in many ingredients lists, so it can be hard to avoid if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Look for things like wheat, barley, rye or oats (which can be contaminated). If you do decide to go 100% gluten-free with your skincare, we recommend switching to products you are certain are gluten free, but you’ll find a comprehensive list of ingredients to look for in your current products here.

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