One of the questions we are asked repeatedly these days is: "Are Pai products gluten free?"
It seems to be a sensibility that consumers are increasingly concerned about – no surprise as celiac disease now affects 1 in 100 people in the UK.
Although there is little scientific evidence that people with celiac disease have to use gluten-free cosmetics, many customers have told us anecdotally that the change has dramatically improved their skin health.
What exactly is gluten and how do you know if you can't take it?
Gluten is a certain type of protein that is found in cereals such as wheat, barley and rye.
Patients with celiac disease cannot metabolize gluten, and this intolerance usually manifests itself in indigestion, fatigue and weight loss.
Skin symptoms include redness, dryness, itching and rashes – although it is worth noting that these may be due to an allergy to a particular cereal and not to gluten in general.
Should You Use Gluten Free Products As Celiac Disease?
Although this is not generally considered necessary by medical professionals, it is important to remember that gluten-containing skin care products that are used around or near the mouth can be inadvertently ingested.
When these products are applied to damaged or broken skin, gluten can be absorbed into the bloodstream in a similar manner.
If you have celiac disease and have skin problems, we definitely recommend switching to gluten-free products.
As we formulate considering all skin sensitivities, the entire Pai range is gluten-free.
If you opt for gluten-free skin care, we would like to hear from you – is this due to celiac disease or do you have other reasons for changing?