Those with celiac disease may have a common skin disorder, Dermatitis Herpetiformis. This skin manifestation of celiac disease can cause an itchy, blistering rash.
Topical reactions can also occur when gluten touches the skin or scalp. This can cause Contact Dermatitis. Typical symptoms include redness, itchiness, stinging or burning sensation, and possibly blisters.
So why do you need gluten-free hair or beauty products?
Gluten has to be ingested to trigger celiac symptoms. According to the International Dermal Institute, the gluten molecule is too large to be absorbed through intact skin and therefore skin exposure doesn’t pose a risk to celiacs.
However, inadvertent ingestion of products that can enter the body via the lips, mouth, eyes, and nose can pose a risk.
Avoiding gluten-containing products that could be inadvertently ingested, such as mouthwash, lipsticks, and lotions, is vital. Some people cannot tolerate any gluten at all without an inflammatory response. Even hair care products like shampoo that contain gluten could possibly be ingested. More sensitive people should take care not to swallow any water while shampooing. Alternately, consider choosing gluten-free haircare and beauty products as a preventative option.
Some celiacs also suffer from additional allergies, which can pose a topical risk. When gluten-containing haircare products come in contact with the scalp, Contact Dermatitis or more serious allergic reactions can occur.
What has your experience been? Do you have go-to gluten-free beauty and haircare products?