Hidden Gluten In Popular Skin Care Products

People who are sensitive to Gluten quickly become pros at avoiding the foods that cause their allergic reactions, but most consumers don’t realize that gluten is also hidden in the majority of skin care and beauty products. Aside from the normal bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea, other symptoms include headaches, edema, fatigue, hyperactivity, muscular problems and joint pain. When applied topically, gluten is carried through the epidermis and absorbed into the body. Therefore it can cause the same symptoms as food, but also promotes chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.

Personal care manufacturers get away with not informing consumers by hiding the gluten inside ingredients with fancy sounding names. Some are easily spotted and others – not so much. People who have Celiac Disease and various wheat allergies often have reactions to gluten in skin care products without ever pinpointing the source. Most people chalk it up to mislabeled food they ate because they just don’t make the connection with personal care products. All the famous brands use hidden gluten ingredients in many of their most popular products. Certain products almost always have gluten such as topical serums that use binders.

Gluten sensitivity in skin care products is a controversial issue because gluten molecules are technically too big to be absorbed through the skin. Yet Celiac sufferers are allergic to wheat and other grains - so whether it is fully absorbed by the skin or not, they can still experience allergic reactions.

"I know many celiac sufferers who gave up gluten foods and still had symptoms. Once they stopped using gluten skincare products, their symptoms went away. Many products use ingredients that increase skin absorption, potentially allowing the larger gluten molecules to enter the epidermis", says Perry.

Greensations has launched a campaign to inform consumers about hidden gluten in order to educate the public. As a natural health and beauty manufacturer, Greensations is committed to developing gluten free skin care products with honest detailed labeling. We believe all personal care companies must begin properly informing consumers about hidden gluten and other potential hazards so they can make an educated decision.
Tips To Find Hidden Gluten 
Look for descriptions contain keywords like (wheat or grain). Look for terms such as fermented grain extract, hydrolized starch, amp-isostearoyl protein and triticum vulgar. Be careful of Vitamin E that doesn’t explain what it was derived from because much of it comes from wheat germ oil. Gluten can also be found in oat products such as oat (avena sativa) bran, protein and flour. Rye, millet and barley products can also cause health issues in cosmetics.

List of Hidden Gluten Ingredients:

  • Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
  • Barley extract
  • Cyclodextrin
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrin Palmitate
  • Fermented grain extract
  • Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
  • Maltodextrin
  • Phytosphingosine extract
  • Samino peptide complex
  • Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
  • Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
  • Vitamin E (MAY have wheat germ as the source of the vitamin E) -
  • Wheat Amino Acids
  • Wheat Germ Glycerides
  • Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
  • Wheat Protein Sulfonate
  • Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
  • Yeast Extract


  1. I have been diagnosed with celiac disease and cutting out gluten in my foods has been essential to helping my health, but my symptoms were not gone after cutting out gluten foods. I kept getting chronic eczema and itching. My dermatologist told me to stop using skin products with gluten. I followed her orders and withing a week, my symptoms were totally gone. The makeup primers I was using all contained gluten and my doctor told me to try Youthful Trends primer from greensations because it it gluten free. It;s been my skin care savior.

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