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Yep, there are lots of beauty products that have gluten in them (scroll down for my video Gluten in Beauty Products). Ive found wheat protein, wheat germ oil, and barley malt in a variety of hair
products. Since I recorded this video, I found a face cream with wheat in it. And, despite my rant and subsequent vow in this video to read labels and stop buying these products, Ive done it twice since then. Sigh.Heres the deal: if you have problems with gluten sensitivity, think twice about using products IN or ON your body that contain gluten. Personally, I focused so much on not ingesting it, that I never considered the potential effects it might have on my skin. Frankly, Ive never heard anyone else talk about wheat in beauty products being a problem. But Ive found it causes me to have rashes and sores on my scalp, neither of which is a) fun or b) sexy.Now, for people who have Celiac Disease, this might not be a problem. Celiac is a condition that is based on the ingestion of gluten and its impact on the intestines. That said, its important to remember that someone can have both Celiac Disease and a wheat allergy, and those things combined could lead to skin sensitivity. The bottom line is that the medical community doesnt really have a handle on all of the ins and outs of gluten sensitivity. Its a term that covers a whole host of symptoms and processes and can affect people in different ways. Unfortunately, it isnt always easy to determine whether gluten is in a product. The FDA does not regulate cosmetics as it does medication. Cosmetics companies voluntarily report ingredients and language describing ingredients is not regulated well. Personally, Ive found that my best bet is to introduce one new beauty product at a time so that I can monitor my reaction. Over time, Ive been able to determine some of the ingredients that affect me in a negative manner.
In this video, I talk about these products, which contain wheat in some form. Many of these products are awesome, minus the wheat issue. I absolutely
loved Miss Jessies and almost cried when I realized it was the cause of
my misery. And I love everything Ive tried in the Frizz-Ease line.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Cream and the CVS version
LOreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm
If youve had trouble with wheat or gluten in beauty products, Id love to hear about your experiences.
photo credit: By Optograph (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
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