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    EpiLynx Cosmetics Turns Covid-19 Closure into Gluten-Free Hand Sanitizer

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      Gluten-free cosmetics entrepreneur, Dr. Liia Ramachandra, is making up to 1,000 bottles of gluten-free hand sanitizer every day to fight the coronavirus.

    EpiLynx hand sanitizer. Image: Mei Adams
    Caption: EpiLynx hand sanitizer. Image: Mei Adams

    Celiac.com 05/20/2020 - After seeing her doors closed and her gluten-free cosmetic production stopped, due to coronavirus, a cosmetics entrepreneur is now making up to 1,000 bottles of gluten-free hand sanitizer every day to fight the coronavirus.

    Sensitive to gluten, and facing difficulty in finding guaranteed gluten-free skin care products, Dr. Liia Ramachandra used her pharmaceutical background to found gluten-free cosmetics brand, EpiLynx.

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    After the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered her production facility, Ramachandra quickly retooled, and turned her efforts toward producing  gluten-free hand sanitizer.

    Experts say most hand sanitizers do not contain gluten ingredients, are safe for those with gluten allergies. However, because many brands are not labeled gluten-free, some customers who are trying to avoid gluten for health reasons can become confused, and avoid them unnecessarily.

    Faced with a closed shop, and a shortage of hand sanitizer, Ramachandra decided to switch to hand sanitizer. Being gluten-free herself, and specializing in gluten-free cosmetics, she decided to "start making [gluten-free] hand sanitizers," she told reporters. Using all-natural ingredients, she can produce up to 1,000 bottles of gluten-free hand sanitizer per day. 

    Ramachandra's hand sanitizer is labeled 'gluten-free' and safe for people with celiac disease or other medical gluten intolerances. However, with hand sanitizer in short supply, Ramachandra is stepping beyond the gluten-free market to provide sanitizer to companies like the cleaning service Molly Maid.

    Do you have any gluten-free Covid-19 stories to share? Comment below.

    Read more at BusinessInsider.com


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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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