Jan 4th 2024

Common Gluten Ingredients Found in Skincare

The relationship between gluten in skincare products and its impact on individuals with celiac disease is a subject of debate and ongoing research. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When people with celiac disease ingest gluten, it leads to damage in the small intestine, affecting nutrient absorption.

However, the question of whether gluten in skincare products poses a risk to individuals with celiac disease is not as straightforward. In theory, gluten molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin, and the primary concern arises from accidental ingestion. The digestive system is the main point of contact for gluten to trigger the immune response in individuals with celiac disease.

Despite this, some argue that individuals with celiac disease should still be cautious about gluten in skincare products, especially lip products or those applied near the mouth, as there is a possibility of accidental ingestion. Additionally, some people report skin reactions such as redness or itching when using skincare products containing gluten, even though these reactions are not related to celiac disease.

It's essential for individuals with celiac disease to make informed choices based on their personal experiences and sensitivities. If someone with celiac disease is concerned about gluten in skincare products, they may choose to use gluten-free alternatives to avoid any potential risk or discomfort. Consulting with a healthcare professional or dermatologist can provide personalized advice based on individual health conditions and concerns. Ultimately, the decision to use gluten-free skincare products depends on the individual's comfort level and specific health considerations.

While the science indicates that gluten will not be absorbed through the skin to cause reactions characteristic of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you may look to avoid the possibility that these skin and hair care products might inadvertently find their way into your mouth.

The ingredients below, among others, are the many different ways by-products from gluten-containing grains are labeled in skincare. 

Wheat or Gluten

  • AMP-isostearoylhydrolzyed wheat protein
  • Enzyme-modified gluten
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein (HWP)
  • Hydrolyzed wheat gluten
  • Hydrolyzed wheat starch
  • Triticum* lipids
  • Triticum* vulgare
  • Wheat amino acids
  • Wheat bran
  • Wheat bran extract
  • Wheat germ extract
  • Wheat germ glyceride
  • Wheat germ oil or Tocopherol
  • Wheat hydrolysate
  • Wheat peptides
  • Wheat starch

Barley or Malt

  • Barley extract
  • Hordeum vulgare extract
  • Malt extract

Oats (due to possible cross contact but could also be an allergen)

  • Avena sativa
  • Avena sativa extract
  • Sodium lauroyl oat amino acid


  • Secale cereal

Rest assured that at Suntegrity, we don't use gluten or any of the above ingredients in our products.