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Part II Health-challenged Skin--Celiac Disease and SLE

By: Morag Currin
Posted: February 28, 2013, from the March 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Editor’s note: This article is based on the book Health-challenged Skin: The Estheticians’ Desk Reference (Alluredbooks, 2012) by Mórag Currin, which is available for purchase at

Author’s note: The author would like to acknowledge Kris Campbell and Jennifer Brodeur for their contributions to this article.

In Part I of this article, which appeared in the February 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, skin challenged with diabetes was addressed, including the type of skin reactions that this client experiences, as well as ingredients and modalities that are safe to use with this client type. Following is in-depth information about issues and information skin care professionals should be aware of when working with clients who suffer from celiac disease and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Celiac disease

Celiac disease is an inherited, immune-mediated intolerance to dietary gluten. “Gluten” is the collective term for the amino acid sequences found in wheat, barley, rye and, to a lesser extent, oats, which trigger an immune reaction. When gluten is ingested, susceptible individuals mount a specific, intense inflammatory response within the small intestinal mucosa that damages the lining, and interferes with digestion and absorption.

Understanding Skin Diseases and Disorders Can Increase Your Treatment Offerings in 2013

Health Challenged Skin: The Estheticians’ Desk Reference is designed to address the lack of esthetic knowledge in the area of skin diseases. Chances are you have come across more clients with diabetes,allergies, Crohn's Disease and Autoimmune diseases just to mention a few. This book covers an incredible range of diseases and disorders and it is organized to offer easy-to-find, hands-on application for daily use.

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