Many individuals are being diagnosed with Celiac disease, but what is it? Celiac disease is an intolerance to dietary gluten. Gluten is amino acid sequences found in wheat, barley, rye and to some extent oats that trigger an immune reaction (Currin, 2013). Celiac was not heard of until companies like Monsanto started growing crops with genetically modified seeds. There is little information on the long-term effects of GMO products and Celiac could just be the tip of the iceberg of other health problems to come.
Because Celiac interferes with digestion and absorption of nutrients, it can lead to many health issues like: depression, lack of concentration, obesity, hypertension, chronic fatigue, brain atrophy, muscle abnormalities (and many more). It can also have an effect on the skin by showing up as acne, dry skin, eczema, or urticaria (hives). Ingredients that may benefit the skin are: Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) and Vitamin E, when applied topically.
SLE is an autoimmune disease that cause the immune system to create antibodies that causes the body to attack itself instead of protecting it. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches and anemia (Currin, 2013).
The skin may also exhibit the following:
- Butterfly rash (over the nose and cheeks)
- Discoid lesions (scarring)
- Drug-induced skin changes
- Mucous membrane lesions (mouth ulcers)
- Subacute cutaneous lesions (non-scarring, red, coiled-shaped lesions)
- Raynaud’s phenomenon (fingers and toes react in a way to cold or stress)
- Vasculitis (blood vessels become inflamed)
Ingredients that may benefit the skin: Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), calamine products and Ergothioneine (a chirally-correct exogenous antioxidant).
To read more on this topic, read the following article:
Currin, M. (2013). Skin, Inc. “Celiac Disease and SLE”, pp. 68-72