Gluten-free skin care products are available from several popular brands, including Murad, MyChelle and EO. Jason brand is certified gluten-free and features facial cleanser, scrub and lotion, hand soap, body wash and hand and body lotion. Dr. Hauschka's gluten-free line includes cleansing cream, facial toner, eye creams, lip balms and firming masks. Most gluten-free skin care lines are found at Whole Foods and other health food or natural health stores.
Gluten is a type of protein found primarily in wheat, rye and barley. People suffering from celiac disease cannot ingest gluten because it causes severe gastrointestinal damage. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a type of celiac disease that affects the skin, and sufferers must also abstain from ingesting gluten. As of 2009, only 1 percent of the world's population suffers from celiac disease.
Primary sources of gluten found on skin care ingredient labels include hydrolyzed wheat protein, wheat germ il and sodium lauroyl oat amino acids. A company that markets a product as "gluten-free" cannot contain more than 20 parts per million of these types of ingredients, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Interestingly, the Celiac Society and the International Dermal Institute report that gluten molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin, and products containing derivatives of gluten are unlikely to cause a reaction in celiac patients.