Gluten in Personal Care

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Gluten in Personal Care

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Gluten in Personal Care: Should I be concerned?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barely. Gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular both for medical reasons, such as Celiac’s Disease, gluten allergies, and/or sensitivities, and also for weight loss. Concern is sometimes raised as to whether or not personal care products contain gluten and if so, would that present a problem.


It is not uncommon for gluten to be present in certain cosmetic ingredients sourced from the grains listed above. However, the gluten protein cannot be absorbed through the skin’s outer layers. Therefore, most personal care products will not be an issue unless individuals have a topical sensitivity to this protein. There is one obvious exception—lip products.


Lipsticks, glosses, balms, etc. are typically ingested to some degree based on their application. This is an example of where individuals with gluten restricted diets will want to be careful with their cosmetic products and be sure to check ingredient labels and/or choose products that are labeled “gluten-free”.  Sometimes sources of gluten are not easily identified. Vitamin E, a widely used personal care ingredient, is commonly sourced from wheat and thus a possible source of gluten.


This being the case, Nu Skin evaluated the ingredients in Nu Colour® Contouring Lipgloss, Replenishing Lipstick, and Sunright Lip Balm and confirmed that none of the ingredients, including Vitamin E, are sourced from wheat, rye, or barley. If individuals have a topical sensitivity to these grains, they should proceed cautiously before using any skin care products. We recommend reviewing ingredient decks carefully and conducting a spot sensitivity test before using as directed.


1.       Gluten-Free Beauty. O The Oprah Magazine, February 2012, V13, N2; p. 87.

2.       Eileen Francis. Brands Should Call Out Gluten Content in Personal-Care Items, Doctors Say. The Rose Sheet, November 14, 2011; p 14.