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Gluten in Cosmetics: Is There a Reason for Concern?

Published:August 28, 2012DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2012.07.011
      ONE OF THE PRESS RELEASES from the 76th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology reads, “Celiac Patients Face Potential Hazard as Information on Cosmetic Ingredients Difficult to Find.”
      American College of Gastroenterology
      Celiac patients face potential hazard as information on cosmetic ingredients difficult to find: Products used on lips and face can result in unexpected exposure to gluten [press release].
      The release discusses the lack of readily available information about cosmetic ingredients on the websites of cosmetics manufacturers and how this may result in the inadvertent use of gluten-containing cosmetics and the exacerbation of celiac disease if gluten-containing products are used on the face and lips. Investigators were prompted to review cosmetic ingredient information because of a patient who experienced a skin rash and gastrointestinal symptoms after using a body lotion. When use of the body lotion was stopped, the symptoms went away. It was never determined whether the lotion contained any ingredients derived from wheat, barley, or rye, and the product was not tested for gluten. The press release suggests that cosmetics manufacturers should indicate when their products are gluten-free and safe to use by persons with celiac disease.
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