There are a lot of skin care products in the world to choose from. The ways each person selects which products to buy are as individual as the people buying them. Some people look for a certain scent, while others look for the way they want to feel.
People who have severe allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients are often prone to buy products without those ingredients. This raises the question; Do Celiacs need gluten free skin care products?
According to Dr. Michael Picco, in an article on MayoClinic.com, they do not. He says that gluten has to be absorbed inside the body in order to cause a celiac reaction because gluten is not absorbed through the skin. The skin reaction associated with Celiac Disease, (dermatitis herpetiformis or DH) is also caused by internal sources and can be corrected by diet. (He does go on to say you might be suffering from a separate reaction to gluten, but it is not due to celiac disease.)
Despite the words of Dr. Picco and other such qualified physicians, people are still clamoring to buy gluten free skin care items. The people speaking out on this issue on the forums at Celiac.com have reasons that are just as compelling as medical research.
There are many people who claim that they have had reactions to gluten containing products. Whether that is due to Celiac Disease or a separate skin allergy is yet to be determined in most cases. There are certainly enough reports of topical reactions to warrant further research on the subject.
Others look to the issue of cross contamination as a reason to always buy gluten free. Anything that touches the body can also touch food and end up in the mouth. It is also a concern that a person can be contaminated by kissing or other close contact.
Add to this the prevalence of natural and organic products that are also designated as gluten free. As in the case of Naturally Dah’ling, consumers seem to be looking for better products all around. These products are often free from chemicals and unnecessary additives, making them an easy choice to purchase.
Whatever the reason is for choosing a skin care product to use, there does have to be some criteria in place to avoid spending eternity in the store isles. Whether medically necessary or not, people who are striving to maintain a gluten free household will also continue to seek out and buy gluten free products.
This article was prompted by a comment made about the article “Naturally Dah’ling makes gluten-free skin care easy”. Certainly there are many opinions on the issue of gluten free skin care, and all should be acknowledged.[Editor’s Note: Originally published November 2010.]