Why Gluten Free Makeup Is A Thing

It’s easy to write-off gluten free makeup as just another beauty fad, but as anyone with a severe gluten-allergy will attest, its not enough just to cut gluten from your diet, you may need to sort your makeup out too.

But before you go replacing your entire makeup bag, bear in mind that the hype surrounding gluten-free makeup may be a tad er, overhyped.

Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group recently told Bustle celiacs may not need to take such severe precautions when it comes to their makeup.

‘Topical skincare products containing gluten should not cause a reaction in someone who has sensitivity to foods with gluten’ he said.

‘Not only are gluten molecules are too big to get absorbed through the pores, but gluten would need to be ingested to cause intolerance, skin contact with gluten does not cause the same effect.’

However, as plenty of cosmetics manufacturers add wheat, rye and oat derivatives to their products, there’s always the possibility that you can ingest some of these products into your body from your hands or face – and if you’re super gluten-sensitive, some studies show that people can get rashes and skin sensitivity from applying creams with gluten in them, and of course, that’s enough to make your life a complete MISERY.

Some of the sneaky terms you may want to avoid as a gluten-free makeup afficianando include: Wheat germ, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein,  avena sativa (oats found commonly in lotions), triticum aestivum (another name for wheat) and secale cereale (rye) seed flour.

So where can you buy gluten-free makeup, and which major brands provide gluten free info about their products?


We bet she loves a bit of gluten-free makeup


Bare Minerals – lists their range of gluten-free makeup on their site.

LOREAL/Maybelline/Lancome – These three brands share the same manufacturer, and told gluten-free makeup blog Very Well that they could not guarantee any gluten grain ingredients would be present in their products.

Too Faced – Their entire range is gluten free except for their Boderline Lip Pencil.

RevlonVery Well reports that Revlon products may contain gluten.

Urban Decay – The brand does have some gluten free products, but to find out what they are you have to contact them directly

Smashbox/Estee Lauder – These companies can’t guarantee that anything’s gluten free either, apparently.

Ecco Bella – all their products are safe to use for celiacs and can be bought from Amazon.

So there we have it – although by no means comprehensive – this list may make things a little easier for those of you who want to exercise extreme caution when it comes to your beauty buys, and if you don’t want to take the risk it’s good to know there are options out there…

By Georgina Lawton