Gluten In Personal Care Products

Gluten can irritate your skin not just your digestive system. Some people experience intensely itchy and blistering skin. Others may just have very dry skin. Products that you wouldn’t even think of can contain gluten.

Gluten can be found in everyday products such as make-up, toothpaste, skin lotion, soap, shampoo and conditioner, laundry soap, dryer sheets…and the list goes on.

Most companies tell you to read the label and to call them with the product in hand to receive gluten information or any other questions about ingredients.  Wouldn’t it be nice to know in advance if it is gluten-free?!

Medicines can also contain gluten.  See Gluten Free Drugs website, which has information on over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs.

 

What To Avoid

Some ingredients to avoid in your personal care products include:

  • Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
  • Barley extract
  • Cyclodextrin
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrin Palmitate
  • Fermented grain extract
  • Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer   
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
  • Maltodextrin
  • Phytosphingosine extract
  • Samino peptide complex
  • Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
  • Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
  • Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
  • Vitamin E (MAY have wheat germ as the source of the vitamin E)
  • Wheat Amino Acids
  • Wheat Germ Glycerides
  • Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
  • Wheat Protein Sulfonate
  • Wheat germamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
  • Yeast Extract

How Do You Know If Your Product Is Gluten Free?

There are so many ingredients in things like deodorant, hairspray and shampoo that it can be hard to determine if it’s safe or not.

Check out Gluten Free Lifestyle to search by category and then the brand.  This is a terrific resource!

When in doubt, check the company’s website for specifications about their ingredients.

 

Gluten Free Products To Buy

As always, read the labels on specific products.  The manufactueres listed below have many products in their lines that are gluten free, according to their websites.  *NOT ALL OF THESE MANUFACTURER’S PRODUCTS ARE GLUTEN FREE”

Make-up:  Avon, Bare Essentials, Smashbox, Netutrogena, NARS, Joelle, Afterglow Cosmetics, Red Apple Lipstick, Eccobella, ZuZu

Hair care/Soaps/Lotions: Neutrogena, California Baby, Burt’s Bees, Obermeyer Naturals,  Giovanni, 100% Pure, Aubrey Organics, Tropical Traditions, Purely Abba

Household products: Ms. Meyer’s

Shop online at Gluten Free Mall

 

 

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