How about some controversy?
The “experts” say that it is virtually impossible for topically applied gluten to affect you because there is no way for it to reach your villi in order to cause damage.
Not just a few real people will tell you that they definitely have reactions from gluten in not just lipstick, but lotions, shampoos, soaps and other various cosmetics and body products.
As a former skeptic, I say listen to your body.
Let me explain my situation. I used to be super skeptical about reports of people getting topical gluten rashes and internal symptoms they traced back to topical gluten. And most of the medical community swears that topical gluten can’t really affect you…other than lip products.
The story is similar with distilled alcohol. (That’s a whole other blog post! ;)) When I was first learning the ropes of being gluten-free, I once drank tequila and woke up with my lovely dermatitis herpetiformis rash all over my face! Nice! This included crusty, wrinkly eyes too. So, I naturally put some vitamin E under my eye wrinkles to soothe and heal. Uh, my eyes swelled up like those bulgy eyed goldfish! Great!!! Now I had bulgy eyes AND a nasty face rash!! Yeah, I started crying.
So, for years I thought I had an allergy to topical vitamin E. I couldn’t find any info on this at the time and thought I was a freak of nature, but it seemed that if I used any face product with the slightest bit of vitamin E (Oh, and it’s stage name of tocopherol) that I would have at the very least bumpy skin on my face. Body products didn’t seem to be an issue, but my face was super sensitive.
Fast forward to just a few years ago, by chance I discovered that most vitamin E oil is derived from wheat germ! Aha!! :o
So, I’m not going to say anything definitive on this topic. I’m not going to argue with anyone about gluten and skin care. Who really can explain why some people react and others don’t? What I do know is that we all should listen to our bodies.
What does bother me is when people speak about this topic from a teaching/expert platform and they take one side without explaining the other. I mean, why not give people a choice? Aren’t we all unique?