Gluten Free Skincare
Generally people with allergies are often more conscious about the ingredients used in the products they consume as food and also use on their bodies. If you have a food allergy, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity then you may be looking for gluten free skincare.
The understanding of the spectrum of gluten-related disorders including coeliac disease, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and wheat allergy is increasing everyday but there is much further research to be done.
Some coeliacs for example have reported to have had skin reactions when using beauty products which have ingredients containing gluten. So for the sake of their health some people choose to try to eliminate gluten entirely from the products they use.
Sometimes gluten containing ingredients can be found in shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, moisturisers, eye make up and lip balms. Often the vitamin E extracts used in beauty products can be derived from wheat.
Gluten proteins can lurk in a number of ingredients used in skincare and cosmetic products so if you want to make sure that your skincare products do not have any gluten containing ingredients then study the label and look out for the following list of ingredients:
- Triticum vulgare (wheat)
- Hordeum vulgare (barley)
- Avena sativa (oats)
- wheat bran extract
- wheat germ oil is an emollient
- wheat protein
- wheat starch or hydrolysed wheat starch
- hydrolyzed wheat protein
- wheat hydrolysate
- enzyme-modified gluten
- wheat peptides
Synthetic chemicals and ingredients in personal care products which can cause irritation or inflammation can enter the body in a number of ways when we bath or shower. For example they can be absorbed through the skin and the mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth and nose as well as inhaled.
If you are trying to avoid gluten in your skincare or other cosmetic products then you may also want to check for other ingredients which can cause issues such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate SLS, Isothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone.
The general view is that if there are ingredients which contain gluten in a skincare product then the molecules are too large to penetrate normal skin.
However there have also been some studies which have pointed to sensitised people with IgE-mediated allergies who have had an immune reaction triggered by using skincare products containing oats when they were applied to broken skin or skin with eczema.
In addition some skincare products can contain a mix of moisturisers, emulsifiers, stabilisers, humectants, emollients, surfactants and active ingredients all designed to help penetrate the skin in order for the product to work.
It is for this reason that more skincare brands, including Myroo, are making it easier for customers to see exactly what goes into their products and providing clear labelling.
All of the Myroo Skincare range is free from all 14 known food allergens and we offer a fragrance free version of every product which is free from the 26 known cosmetic allergens. They are also natural, organic, nut, dairy and gluten free.
Find out more about the Myroo range.