Why Gluten Free Cosmetics?

Why are gluten free cosmetics important?

It’s time to talk about the beauty products women use daily and their safety.  Yes, in the United States, the FDA has strict guidelines as to what ingredients are allowed into cosmetics.  One would think that means all cosmetics and other toiletries are 100% safe.  That is just not true.  One ingredient in particular, gluten, is used as a binding agent in many cosmetics and can be quite harmful.

Why Gluten Is Your Enemy?

Gluten is a protein. The gluten protein naturally exists in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten has been on the research radar since the early 19th century.  Dr. Mathew Baillie was the first documented to discover that a gluten free diet helped those who suffered from gastrointestinal problems and other symptoms.  He was the first known to document the life improvements when not ingesting gluten and the decline once gluten was reintroduced.  He explained, “Some patients appear to derive considerable advantage from living almost entirely on rice.”

In more recent history, intolerance to gluten has been heavily studied. Wheat allergies have been documented and names have been developed for the condition: GSE or Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy and Celiac Disease. Emerging research points out the differences between the two.

Celiac Disease is a well-defined condition. This lifelong autoimmune disease involves chronic inflammation of the intestines.  Predisposed genes have been discovered and the intake of gluten in any form leads to an immune response in the intestines. You can research the technical story on google but essentially your body has a difficult time absorbing nutrients, which leads to a host of symptoms, some indicating very dangerous complications that you may not realize.

Symptoms are generally mistaken for other issues.  These would include weight gain, upset stomach, bloating, lactose intolerance, mal-nutrition,diarrhea, skin rashes, nervous bowel syndrome, neurophathies (tingling limbs), dermatitis, [highlight]eczema[/highlight], diabetes,infertility, IBS, reflux, oesophagitis, anxiety, lesions, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, still’s disease, depression, IBD, [highlight]precancerous states, visual and auditory disturbances, thyroidosis, the list can go on but the writer will stop here.

These symptoms are easily mistaken for other reasons. You need to listen to your body and pay attention to what you ingest and how your body reacts.

The ONLY treatment is not ingesting gluten.

It is estimated that 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease.  This statistic does not include those with other gluten intolerance issues.   Many people are not aware they have gluten intolerance.

Food is not the only source of gluten.  Now that you have a basic understanding of gluten intolerance, we can swing circle to your makeup and why gluten free makeup is important.

Why Gluten Free Makeup Is Important

Research shows two things.

1)   [highlight]In our opinion through our research, A gluten free diet and life is healthy[/highlight].  There are no known benefits of having gluten or wheat based food in your diet.  Your body is perfectly in order without it.

2)   Considering gluten can cause so many upsetting symptoms the question is raised “Why in the world would you want this stuff in or on your body”

In the self regulated industry of cosmetics, wheat based derivatives are used as binding agents. The FDA strictly controls the sale of ingredients used in the formation of cosmetics sold in the USA, however, there are of course, zero regulations regarding the use of wheat based binders.  According to the FDA, they are perfectly safe. The writer disagrees.  The writer knew nothing of GSE before Red Apple Lipstick but has experienced these symptoms after eating a pizza but no symptoms after eating a bowl of rice.

This is why it is important to avoid cosmetics that contain gluten.  Avoiding products is something everyone can do.  Gluten enters your body via makeup in various ways. You might not open your lipstick and eat it but you do put your fingers and hands all over it. You transfer it to everything you eat.  Eye Shadow flakes fall into your eyes and so forth.

Lipstick in particular enters your system easily

Those with highly sensitive gluten intolerance have stated they know immediately upon putting on a lipstick.  An almost immediate reaction with stomach pain and tingling arms lets them know they are in trouble that could last for days.

We have heard reports of those who had no idea they might have GSE or Celiac tell us that they have noticed strange reactions from using makeup from other manufacturers.

So what’s our motto? Why not just leave it out?

What does Red Apple Lipstick Do About It?

Red Apple Lipstick Inc. is the only company that specializes directly in gluten free cosmetics.

It starts at the source.

All Red Apple Lipstick products are formulated by an award winning team of cosmetic specialists with a 38 year track record based here in the USA.

A cosmetic formula of course begins its life cycle with the end product in mind on paper.  The next step is ingredient sourcing.  Red Apple Lipstick takes the time to source and purchase only the finest raw ingredients and evaluates carefully the starting point of all ingredients.

With the ingredient list in hand, Red Apple Lipstick then hand manufactures recipes.  These recipes, in their final production form are then lab tested by independent laboratories that specialize in testing for the presence of gluten.

All recipes must pass this rigorous testing, over batches to 0 parts per million before they are considered production ready.  Batch testing then continues to insure that no gluten is introduced in the manufacturing process.

Rigorous control systems in manufacturing and storage give Red Apple Lipstick the best ability at quality control possible.

What can Red Apple Lipstick NOT control?

Red Apple Lipstick cannot control the packaging used for shipment.  If you mailman is eating a hamburger while handling your package, it is possible for him or her to transfer gluten to the outer packaging which then transfers to your hands as you open the package. Wash your hands before handling our products.

Red Apple Lipstick cannot control airborne contaminants once our cosmetics are in your hands. We would not recommend leaving the lipstick open in a pizza restaurant.

Things of this nature are up to you.

[box type=”tick” style=”rounded” border=”full”]TIP: Keep your lipstick clean with alcohol.  A small spritzer bottle with alcohol can be used.  Spray the outside of the lipstick and let the alcohol evaporate off.  This should be done with any lipstick really.[/box]

What do the experts say?

Afton Jones – AKA Gluten Free Makeup Gal has this to offer.


We all know about the gluten free diet.  Those who live with Celiac have become serious Gluten Finder-Outers, scanning long lists of ingredients, calling companies and standing firm on the need to live completely and utterly without gluten in their diet.

But what about gluten from other sources?  Have you ever thought about getting it from your makeup?

It’s true:  Gluten in cosmetics is extremely common.  Wheat acts as a source of vitamin E, a stickiness/holding agent, while Oats are used for skin refinement and nourishment.  It can hide in dozens of complicatedly named ingredients, can contaminate even “naturally” gluten free products and is accepted as a normal ingredient for every type of cosmetic, skincare, hair care and everything else.  It is everywhere you look, if you take the time.

Now, gluten molecules cannot penetrate the skin as far as we scientifically know, but some products such as lipstick are actually on, in or around our mouths at all times.  At some point or another, it’s going into our bodies.

Not only that, but many Celiacs- diagnosed as having the autoimmune disease and not allergic -[highlight]have inexplicable trouble with gluten when it comes in contact with their skin[/highlight], causing what would be medically classified as “allergy” symptoms.  Such as terrible rashes, eczema, dry and itching eyes, swelling, bleeding sores and more.  As always with Celiac, the exact symptoms vary from person to person.

We do not know why Celiacs have issues with topical gluten.  In fact, some doctors flat out deny the possibility.  Others, such as Dr. Rodney Ford, simply follow the evidence they see in their practices- which is that some Celiacs do have reactions.  Perhaps someday studies will be done that can explain it for us and solve the puzzle.  But for now, a quick look into the Celiac community is proof enough.  Hundreds of Celiacs have removed gluten from their skincare, hair care and cosmetics and found their acne melted away after a few days, their watery eyes cleared up, or their inexplicable and seemingly random headaches vanished.

But even if a Celiac does not have reactions to topical gluten, allowing it to stay in cosmetics is asking for trouble.  Every time you apply foundation, don’t let it touch your mouth!  When you scrunch styling gel into your hair, wash those hands and wash ‘em GOOD before you eat those hot wings.  And lipstick?  Pfft, forget it!  It’s over and done with pretty much the instant you put it on.

[highlight]If gluten is in your lipstick, it’s game over- you’ve been glutened.[/highlight]

Sadly, very few companies trulyrealize the importance of gluten free makeup.  They understand that it’s a market and they want to cash in on those desperate to find safe cosmetics.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to turn a profit!!  But so many companies are quick to claim the “gluten free” label without really understanding what that means.  For Celiacs, this is not an issue to be trifled with, especially in the case of products that will certainly be ingested (such as lipstick).  [highlight]This is real and this is dangerous.[/highlight]

If you are Celiac, gluten free cosmetics are a must, especially in the case of lipstick and similar products.  Lucky for us that Red Apple Lipstick is TESTED gluten free, huh?

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Connie of dailyforage-glutenfree.com adds (read other articles by Connie)




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Why do I believe gluten-free makeup is important?

For me it comes down to finally having a better understanding of how our skin processes and absorbs things that we come into physical contact with or products that are applied to it. I had always believed topically applied products to be just that, “topical”, and not of any consequence. But then I had some “experiences” and learned a few important things.

Those with severe allergic reactions, as I have experienced and can attest to, can simply touch the offending item and the internal reactions are almost immediate. If I touch anything with iodine, i.e. medical cleansing swabs, shellfish, iodized salt, etc. my eyes begin to itch, my throat begins to close, I experience wheezing and coughing soon to be followed by a sense of greatly reduced thought processes, and tingling in the extremities. And if medical attention is not sought (which would be silly, right?), well the outcome is unthinkable. Simply by touching the offending item!

[highlight]I began thinking about how If mere skin contact with an offending item can play havoc, the skin must have amazing absorption abilities[/highlight]. Did you know that important heart medications, smoking inhibitors, even pain relievers that are administered in a skin patch form are often more effective than oral medications. This is because the important ingredient can be so readily absorbed through the skin. Hmmm …

Now I realize that not all reactions are as drastic as the type mentioned above. Many people fortunate enough not to have an actual gluten allergy, who perhaps fall into the sensitive or intolerant category may decide that gluten in their makeup isn’t something worth the extra money or bother. They experience no reactions, feel no detrimental effect, so why bother with the extra “hassle”? Because the positive results of being gluten-free are potentially being undermined by the gluten-filled products your body is absorbing.

Living a gluten-free lifestyle and being very careful and diligent about everything that I put into my body, including food, medications, gum, etc., I now need to be as diligent with all the products that go onto my body. And my makeup is probably the biggest offender. If ingredients can be so easily absorbed through the skin, then I could be coming into contact with gluten almost all day long. The foundation, the eye shadow, not to mention the lipstick that is constantly being licked by my tongue. [highlight]So why would I allow the gluten, that I so carefully avoid ingesting, to be applied to my skin everyday? I won’t any longer.[/highlight]

Safe food is a journey … Thrive!

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Rachel Shaterian of GfreeGal.Blogspot.com adds


Gluten free cosmetics, why they’re MY choice!

I have Celiac Disease and I am CRAZY cautious when it comes to my food.  From the actual ingredients to the preparation of meals, I want to MAKE SURE what I eat is safe for me.  So why wouldn’t I carry that caution over into every product I use?

Think about it.  I have a disease that prevents me from consuming any food containing gluten.  That translates to, I should NOT consume gluten!  From this I’ve concluded that gluten free cosmetics are essential for truly living a gluten free life, especially considering some people have topical reactions (called Dermatitis Herpetiformis) to gluten.

I want my health to be optimal, and while I’m not a doctor, I can say that living a completely gluten free lifestyle is what has healed me.  I’ve taken tests in the past (while eating completely gluten free) that still showed evidence of gluten in my system.  [highlight]After changing all “products” (cosmetics, lotions, soaps)[/highlight] to gluten free I can now say gluten is completely OUT of my system!  In fact, I got back test results two weeks ago that showed there is officially NO GLUTEN in my system!  Woohoo!   For me, these test results confirm what I think, that the food you eat and [highlight]the products you use have a direct effect on your health.[/highlight]

I was shocked to see gluten still in my system while I was eating gluten free, yet now it makes sense.  You wouldn’t spread flour all over your face now would you?  How about a “gluten filled” cake mix?  Yet, many of us are putting make up on every day that is full of gluten.  Spreading that gluten all over our face and wondering why we’re still feeling ill. I can tell you from personal experience (through those test results and how I feel), that gluten free makeup is essential for optimal health when living gluten free.

Just think for a minute about your makeup routine.  Do you use your hands? I know I do!  I don’t want to spend a lot of time getting ready, so I often use my hands to put on my make up (I know, bad practices, but it’s quick! ).  Those are the same hands that I use to make my breakfast and eat with.  The same hands that will later put on lotion, and then likely be used to eat a snack without thinking of what my hands have touched.  And what about lipstick?  Remember that nasty “lipstick” taste you’ve tasted with some brands…what you’re tasting you’re ingesting to some degree.  It’s just like eating a salad after “just taking the croutons off.”  You wouldn’t do that would you?  Neither would I.

All I know is that by living a gluten free lifestyle, I am now healed.  Try it, change your cosmetics products, and see for yourself.


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Jay Harper

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