Celiac Disease Reacts to Cosmetics Containing Gluten
People with celiac disease are constantly on the lookout for gluten-free products, but it may not have occurred to women with the disorder that they ought to be looking for gluten free makeup. According to a study from George Washington University, celiac disease may be upset by gluten in lip, facial and body products.
For a person with celiac disease, gluten can be harmful as it destroys the intestines, HealthDay News reported.
Researchers involved in the study discovered that many popular cosmetics companies not only don’t provide a list of ingredients in the products, but fail to make gluten-free alternatives.
“The findings are alarming because gluten-containing cosmetics can be inadvertently obtained by the consumer and use of these products can result in an exacerbation of celiac disease,” explained researcher Pia Prakash in a news release. “This study revealed that information about the ingredients, including the potential gluten content, in cosmetics is not readily available.”
The team looked at data from the top 10 cosmetic companies in the United States. Only two provided detailed information about what was included in their product. For people with celiac disease, HealthDay recommends sticking to smaller cosmetics companies that specifically design gluten-free makeup.
This study has not yet been published, but was presented Monday at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in Washington, D.C.