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A story that could help thousands of people work their way to health.

A saga that speaks of your struggles and your triumphs.

I’m talking about why you use gluten free makeup, of course. πŸ˜‰

Countless people have never heard of going topically gluten free. They wear lipstick with wheat germ oil and then blame dinner for their glutened symptoms.

Others have heard about it, but their brows still furrow and lips purse when they run across a shampoo with “gluten free” plastered over the label. “I’m not eating shampoo, so what the heck?”

We need to spread the word that you may be writing your own prescription of pain by letting gluten slither into your bathroom. We need to show them this is something that affects people in the real world. And I need your help to do it.

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  • Michelle

    I use gluten-free beauty products because they keep me healthy and simplify my life. I have Celiac Disease, which means that ingesting even a tiny amount of gluten causes my immune system to attack my body. For those who do not have Celiac Disease, I think it can be hard to understand how difficult avoiding gluten can be, but having gluten-free products is really a big help for those of us who need them. Let’s say, for example, that I wanted to use a face wash that was made with a gluten-containing ingredient. Theoretically it might be ok as long as I didn’t get any of it on my lips, but how do you wash your face without letting even a drop of the soap touch your lips? It would be impossible! The same goes for makeup. Let’s say I was applying some powder foundation that wasn’t gluten-free. Theoretically this might be ok, but I’d have to be super-careful that none of the powder got into my nose or on my lips, which would be difficult, especially if I applied it with a brush. Even using non-powder-based cosmetics would be annoying at best. I mean, what if I got some of it on my hands and then forgot to scrub it off before eating breakfast? I’d inevitably touch some of the food, either during preparation or while eating, and then I could end up sick. Why take the risk? For those who do not have Celiac Disease, I would say to imagine that a new cosmetic line came out that contained the flu virus. Technically it would only make you sick if you got some into your nose or mouth, right? You probably still wouldn’t want to use it.

  • Miyon E Howard

    I choose to use gluten free makeup due mostly in part for health concerns. I learned how to change my diet to accommodate the autoimmune condition that was slowly damaging my digestive tract. I also have severe allergies so switching to natural, and or mineral cosmetics made perfect sense for me. After researching gluten intolerance’s I learned that one could come into contact with gluten merely by cross contamination so I took my researching a tad farther,I wanted to know if what we put on our bodies or the hair products we are using contained gluten. I learned that gluten is in most cosmetic and beauty products as well hairsprays and shampoo. Since being diagnosed ( 3 months ago’s) that meant I had to change my diet, as well the cosmetics I used. We “accidentally” consume a third of our lipstick or lip gloss daily, We also breath in hairspray particles, and face powders etc…Why change your diet and not change the cosmetic’s and or personal products you use? I have recently become a ” gluten free food,and cosmetics guru” thankfully so. For those who don’t understand what a gluten tolerance is I suggest you research the condition. It’s not an allergy it’s an auto immune disorder that affect the lower bowls ability to break down the protein so it attacks the villi lining in the small intestine and this interferes with the absorption of nutrients because the intestinal villi are responsible for absorption. The only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten -free diet. While the disease is caused by a reaction to wheat proteins, it is not the same as wheat allergy.

    Miyon Howard

  • Jess

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease when I was 30. I finally had an answers. I have had to switch all my hair care products to gluten free items. I would get blisters on my scalp from the other products. I use gluten free mineral make ups but I’m still figuring out the lipstick/lipglosses. Thank you for your list of gluten free make ups, it has helped make this transition easier.

  • SonicPiano

    I’m fortunate not to have a skin reaction to gluten but as a celiac I do worry about accidentally ingesting it. That’s why I switched to gluten-free personal care products like face wash and shampoo/conditioner. If there’s any chance of the product touching my lips I don’t use it. Nearly two years since my diagnosis I’ve got the whole gluten-free thing down to a science.

  • Cyrce

    It so easy to be in denial about how far to take “the gluten thing.” My siblings and I all share the Celiac gene and know we need to be gluten-free. The others think I’ve taken it too far (and don’t seem to care about cross-contamination or topical GF products) because their symptoms are milder than mine. I know that immune system damage can be subterranean so why risk it?

  • Karen Gardeski

    I do not have Celiac Disease but I have a twin sister who does. Both of us have been plagued with several auto-immune diseases and some of them have a possible tie to gluten sensitivity or intolerance. I have suffered with psoriasis throughout my whole life and I went the gamut with medication (methrotexate, creams, Humira) and food testing. When my doctor suggested and tested for gluten sensitivity and I had positive results, she recommended a gluten free diet. Until then, even with Humira I had very little relief of my psoriasis but shortly after I went on a gluten free diet, my skin started to clear up. Then I started to eliminate gluten in my lotions, shampoos, and lip gloss and my skin is pretty close to clear. I make it a point to stay clear of gluten now and feel better as well. The brain fog, the aches, and my skin are soooo much better.


    well said michelle! i am in the same boat you are, and there’s one more element that i feel like i need to add to the topical gluten conversation – our families! celiac disease is genetic, which means that the chances of the people close to us having it as well is significant. if i wear makeup with gluten in it, and my kids give me a kiss, they will be glutened! so i opt for gluten free makeup, hand cream, chapstick, the whole she-bang, to protect myself as well as my family.

  • Catherine

    It’s such a process, isn’t it? I got obviously sick with anything being around my mouth, (lipstick, lotion) but then as I realized that touching things with my hands and then handling food, or touching my face was an issue, I ditched body lotions, soaps -then eye makeup (no more eye allergies!) then hair care products (it took me months to figure out where that contamination was coming from, and I have to say my skin, scalp, etc. are so much less itchy and scaly).
    It’s worth it to feel so much better.

  • Daisy

    I use gluten-free products because a) they are healthy – often natural and contain less chemicals and other toxic materials, b) they are cruelty-free, and c) they are conscious of the earth. A triple win! I’d do it even if I wasn’t gluten-intolerant.

  • Heidi

    I am gluten-sensitive but not Celiac, and have additional food allergies. In addition to cutting out all gluten from my food and personal care products, I have found that additional foods also trigger skin issues. I can’t eat corn without itching all over my body for the next few days, and both corn and dairy make my acne way worse. I think it’s important to keep experimenting with food and topical products to find the exact formula of foods and products that you can and can’t handle.

  • Abby

    For about two years I suffered from a recurring itchy, scaly rash around my eyes. Recently I was dianosed with Celiac. Within a week of cleaning my diet, makeup drawer, and shower my rash was completely gone and has not once returned.

    I use Tarte colors and Jose Maran foundation (Tarte is completely GF. JM does have one or two products that contain gluten)