Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Lipsticks

My Favorite RAL Color is Ruby Glass Lip Gloss

Gluten is in everything it seems! Rice, pasta, breads, flour, energy bars, processed lunch meat, soy sauce, gravy, etc… It’s also in many drugs and medicines  and guess what…. LIPSTICKS.

People with celiac disease need to look for a lipstick that is lab tested gluten-free. Red Apple Lipstick is the only company known to routinely test their products in an independent lab specializing in gluten and soy testing. You will find that not only are their products gluten-free, they are also very high in quality. Even if you are not a sufferer of celiac disease, we recommend you avoid cosmetics with gluten in them.

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Gluten sneaks its way into cosmetics.  It is not as if the manufacturer simply opens a tube of gluten and pours it.  Gluten generally ends up in makeup when wheat based derivatives are used as binding agents.

These agents are used to help hold the product together and help bind it to your lips.  This causes untold problems for those with a gluten intolerance.  Events from rashes on their face, to almost instant stomach pain and cramps, to heat flashes to tingly arms happen very rapidly.

Red Apple Lipsticks color "Petal Pusher" from their summer passion lineup. A quality gluten free lipstick.

Lips being one of the most porous and sensitive areas of your face (next to your eyes) are incredibly adept at soaking in gluten, not to mention the act of licking your lips, eating and drinking.  Experts say you can possibly ingest up to a pound a year.

That being said, sticking to a safe manufacturer who safeguards against these reactions can be important.

Red Apple Lipstick is the only manufacturer who actually joins in the community working directly with their customers to get to know them, ask their opinions and to use their information to develop new and innovative cosmetic products. You might want to check them out on facebook at facebook.com/redapplelipstick where you can speak directly and quickly to the wonderful team of individuals behind red apple lipstick.

Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE) affects more people in America than you probably realize. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac disease affects one out of every 133 people. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot more than 133 people in my life. That is an amazingly high number.

There are no known causes of Celiac disease. One misconception of Celiac disease is that it is a food allergy. This is not the case. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. It does not go away, unlike people with food allergies who sometimes “outgrow” their allergy as they mature.

There are a multitude of symptoms people with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance suffer. This includes abdominal cramping, excess gas, diarrhea and/or constipation, fatty stools, anemia, weight loss even when eating a lot, delayed puberty, mouth ulcers, joint pain, osteoporosis, fatigue, migraines, numbness in hands or feet, gall bladder malfunction, essential vitamin deficiencies, rashes, skin bumps, breakouts, etc… the list goes on and on. This does not sound like a fun way to live.

There are no medicines that one can take to treat this disease. The only way a person with celiac disease can treat it is by eating a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a food component that triggers the Celiac sufferer’s symptoms.


  1. Natalie says

    I was told by a medical “professional” that gluten was okay to use on my skin because it wouldn’t get to my digestive tract through my skin. But, I stupidly listened to this bad advice and got sick. Hmmm… This is a great article! Of course lipstick will be ingested. Stay away from gluten-laden lipsticks! RAL, you rock! Thank you for understanding the importance of gluten free testing.

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