Gluten May Be Hiding In Your Lipstick

By Toni Lewis

In Hollywood, a gluten free diet is the new weight loss crazy.  But, in the day-to-day world, it is more about being healthy despite a hereditary sensitivity to wheat. 

Celiac disease is a genetic disorder that is directly related to wheat gluten (the protein).  When this protein comes in contact with the small intestine the lining is injured and sufferers experience symptoms like weight loss, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal cramps. 

When it is totally eliminated, the lining of the small intestine WINS, because it then has the ability to heal.

Ok...  Suppose you manage to totally eliminate this common denominator from your  diet.

You're home free right? 

Not so fast!

Did you know that it could be absorbed through the skin via lotions and cosmetics?

The ingredients wheat, wheat germ, oat, barley, rye, and millet are used in making lotions, creams and lipsticks.  Perhaps your significant other is the one with the sensitivity.  Your lipstick could be making them sick.

And just when you thought it was getting easier…

Ah, but it is getting easier!

Gluten Free Cosmetics

The organic cosmetic industry is exploding with new manufacturers who have decided to build a better mousetrap when it comes to using preservatives, additives and general yucky stuff in beauty products.

A lot of these businesses have taken a pledge to use organics in the manufacturing of beauty products.  Keep a look out for the certified organic label on products you buy.

  • LipLoob
  • La Lune Naturals
  • Bella Reina
  • Beauty by Earth
  • Red Apple Lipstick
  • The Organic Face

You can find most of these companies on Please double check and read the labels if you find them in the store.

If you make your own beauty treatments watch for any sensitivity as well. 

Foods and products containing gluten don’t always have it listed on ingredients lists.  The reason being, they might make contact with your product through the manufacturing facility, so it’s really important to read the label.  

Just so you know, I've included a list of some foods to avoid due to wheat. 

  • Spelt
  • Kamut
  • Triticale (a combination of wheat and rye)
  • Durum
  • Einkorn
  • Farina
  • Semolina
  • Cake Flour
  • Matzah
  • couscous
  • Barley Malt
  • Breaded or floured anything
  • Licorice
  • Beer 
  • Some Seasonings
  • Processed Cheese
  • Soy Sauce

Also, some Pharmaceuticals contain WG, so check with the company to make sure you're not getting exposed unnecessarily.

As with all allergy type issues the level of severity will vary in each person.

Please consult your physician before making drastic dietary changes.  

Walk in Beauty.