Cosmetics, Lotions, Hair Products and Gluten Intolerance

You’ve investigated all of the labels on your food to make sure you are not eating any hidden gluten. Have you, however looked at the labels of your lotions, eye make-up, sunscreen, lip products and make-up removers? With the skin being our largest organ, the potential for a systemic gluten reaction that feeds directly into our bloodstream is possible when we coat our skin or scalp in any wheat, barley, or oat ingredients. Similar to reading a food label, avoiding any products that have clearly marked wheat, triticum, barley and oat is your first step.

Follow these easy steps for keeping your skin safe:

1. Beware of These Most Common Gluten Containing Ingredients:

  • HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
  • HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH
  • HYDROLYZED WHEAT GLUTEN
  • TRITICUM VULGARE EXTRACT
  • TRITICUM VUGARE LIPIDS
  • WHEAT GERM EXTRACT
  • WHEAT GERM GLYCERIDES
  • WHEAT GERM OIL
  • OAT (AVENA SATIVA) OIL
  • OAT (AVENA SATIVA) EXTRACT
  • HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT
  • VITAMIN E- DERIVED FROM WHEAT
  • SEMINO PEPTIDE COMPLEX
  • DEXTRIN
  • HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN
  • FERMENTED GRAIN ALCOHOL
  • BARLEY EXTRACT
  • BARLEY LIPIDS

When reading the label, keep in mind that many different combinations of these listed exist, and are often times linked within a chemical name, such as Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein.  Any form of wheat, barley, triticum and oat signals a gluten derived ingredient. Read labels carefully and throw away any of your old products that may be contaminated.

2. Contact The Manufacturer If You Cannot Find An Ingredient List

The FDA does not require that cosmetic manufacturers provide an ingredient list on products. If you are unsure, do not use a product before contacting the manufacturer. Email communication is usually the most effective.

3. Contact The Manufacturer If Your Favorite Product Contains Allergens

As the number of celiac cases rises in America, so will the requests for companies to reconsider their ingredients. Our voices will be heard, but we need to speak up and create strength in numbers. Write to the company of your favorite products and ask them to accommodate.

4. Bring Your Own Shampoo/Conditioner/Lotion When Traveling

Don’t rely on the travel sizes that often times are left in hotel rooms. These generically labeled products could contain gluten and often times are too small to have an ingredient list. Always travel with your own supplies.

5. Consult Your Hair Dresser or Massage Therapist Before Your Treatment

A relaxing day at the salon could go south if you don’t discuss the products being used on your hair and skin. Good news is, you may find a gluten-free product that you love at the salon. Or, you could inspire your local spa to start carrying a gluten free line!

GLUTEN FREE PRODUCT LIST: Still be sure to read the labels carefully, as these are just recommendations as to gluten-friendly companies.

  • Smashbox: Mostly gluten free
  • Sephora: Mostly gluten free
  • Neutrogena: Mostly gluten free
  • Afterglow: Full gluten free line
  • 100% Pure Cosmetics and Body Care: Gluten free line of products
  • Maybelline: Gluten free lipstick
  • Clinique: Gluten free cosmetics
  • Avon: Gluten free cosmetics
  • Revlon: Gluten free lipstick
  • Jane’s Cosmetics: Mostly gluten free
  • Burt’s Bees: Gluten free line of products
  • Arbone: Gluten free line of products

Shampoos and Conditioners: Still be sure to read the labels and write the manufacturer if you have any questions.

  • Dove
  • Giovanni
  • Neutrogena
  • Hamadi
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Desert Essence
  • Sircuit


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