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Why to be careful with Lotions, makeup, shampoos etc.


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#31 joyce

 
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 03:35 AM

HI everyone!
Thanks for the info. on shampoo. I started breaking out on my face and realized that my conditioner from Paul Mitchell has wheat germ in it. Been gluten-free for 6 mo. I bought some Garnier Fructis and like it. I also have been using Mary Kay face cleansing products. I called there 1-800 and they are suppose to be sending me the ingred. in the mail. Why they just couldn't tell me on the phone I don't know.
Anyone know about the cleansers???????? I don't use the make-up or cosmetics
Something is really breaking my face out. Anyone else having that problem. It all seemed to start after I had a gluten accident.
Maybe it hormones- I don't know
Any help would be appreciated
Thanks!!!!
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#32 hapi2bgf

 
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 06:25 AM

Tha Pantene shampoo's and continioners are gluten-free.

As for make-up, I use Nutragena (sp?) and Burt's Bee's. Believe it or not, Burt's makes some pretty good make-up.

I do not have DH, but my hands split open when ever I touch Gluten. So I am a believer in keep everything you use gluten-free.
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Posted 18 June 2004 - 08:44 AM

I really like cetaphil cleanser for my face and have had no problems with it. And for bath soaps I splurge and buy locally made ones with just oils and stuff like that in them. Still looking for a good body moisturizer, though.

Also, if you really want a salon style gluten-free shampoo/conditioner, I use Kenra (I read every last stinkin' shampoo and conditioner bottle in ULTA one day). I have found it helps for me to alternate between that and fructis, I'd hate to become sensitive to one of those.
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Posted 22 June 2004 - 05:00 AM

HI everyone,

I use MAC cosmetics (which I love) and Tom's of Maine toothpaste. I cannot use Crest or Colgate, even though they are gluten-free. They make my mouth burn and I end up with acne on my face if the toothpaste touches my skin. I also use Burt's Bees face cleanser, toner, lotion, lip balm, and soap. Nearly everything they make is gluten-free. Call them to get the complete list; they are a wonderful company.

MAC cosmetics are usually available at MAC shops in large malls. I have also seen them at cosmetic counters in large department stores. MAC also has a 40% discount program for people in the performing arts/flim/television business. YOu just pay a small fee each year.

Burt's Bees products are available @ Trader joe's, Mrs Greens, Whole Foods Market, and through many mail-order companies.


I gave up on Neutrogena products about 6 months ago. They made me itchy. The company cannot guarantee that their products are gluten-free, so OUT THEY GO! It made me sad to give up my favorite Almay cosmetics (which aren't gluten-free) last fall, too, but honestly, my skin is so much better using MAC and BURT"S BEES !!!!

It was so interesting to read all of these posts. I made the HUGE mistake of coloring my hair at Christmas time and my scalp was so incredibly itchy for several months. I have never had experienced anything like that. I didn't even realize that the gloves that the hairdresser was wearing contained latex, which I am allergic to, so at this point, we aren't sure if the reaction was to gluten ot latex. However, I don't think I will ever color my hair again. It is just not worth it!

My nutritionist told me not to worry about dish soap and stuff like that, since you always rinse it after washing. I haven't even checked those products, but never have reactions at home. I am extremely sensitive to gluten exposure and have horrible reactions and symptoms which last for up to 2 weeks after even one speck of gluten, so i am very careful.

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 05:23 AM

I bought Retrohair shampoo and conditioner at the salon after reading every ingredient. NO WHERE did they mention gluten or wheat. Today, I called them just to make sure and guess what? All their products contain wheat protein! This really drives home the importance of contacting the manufacturers to me! I was curious as my hands are breaking out. Now I know why. (I was diagnosed with intestinal celiac disease not the dh but I think they are linked). Anyhow, just wanted to share...
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Posted 26 June 2004 - 04:35 PM

It is so funny how if 10 different people call the same company, they'll get 10 different responses! I called about Garnier Fructis about 4 months ago, and was told they contained gluten. Perhaps the representative on the phone didn't know what she was talking about. Also, I received a list from Neutrogena listing many, many products of theirs that they say are gluten-free. They never said anything about cross-contamination. Also, I wanted to mention about Pantene, there are some that are gluten-free and others that the representative said may not be, because they contain fragrence and they cannot be certain if that involves gluten. So beware. Cetaphil is not gluten-free at all...a shame, too, because I really liked them! They have one gluten-free product they told me about, can't remember which one it is, but the rest is gluten. I never trust labels, I read AND I call, because I'm always paranoid about cross-contaminating.
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Posted 26 June 2004 - 07:42 PM

Well, I made a big mistake Thurs. My daughter is a hairdresser and I went to her shop. She has been so good to read the labels for me. She was running behind, as I was her last appt. of the day. I didn't mind, of course. But, she just started putting color on, while we visited. It was completely on, when I thought about the color! We had talked about shampoo, conditioner, etc, not thinking about color! Both of the kinds they use have wheat protein in them! It is good for hair, so is in many products. She will look for something else for me, for next time. I'm not real sensitive to it, but do have itching on my scalp, and a couple of bumps, that are extra itchy. I've had them always, not knowing why! Nor even questioning why, ever! Besides celiac disease, I think the scars on my elbows and knees from itchy, painful sores last winter, were probably DH. I've not had a receent outbreak, so haven't had a skin biopsy.

So, I'm learning the hard way still!

Thank you everyone for posting your findings about products! :)
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Posted 27 June 2004 - 02:08 AM

Thanks for sharing your findings with us...
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Posted 28 June 2004 - 04:34 AM

Wow, that is strange about the Garnier Fructis. The lady told me in early June that all their products are gluten-free. And, if you read the label, it appear so. I guess you never know! As for face cream, when I called Lancome they said all their products are gluten-free but of course there is always a risk of cross contamination from somewhere (I think they need to say that to avoid being sued), so I use their make up and face creams and face cleaners exclusively now. When I contacted Dove they said theirs was gluten-free too, but I'm not crazy about it. We'll keep trying!
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Posted 28 June 2004 - 04:58 PM

I really think the Garnier Fructis is gluten-free. My skin is so sensitive, especially on my scalp and face, I get DH when anything with wheat protein touches it. I don't react at all to the Garnier Fructis. By the way, I noticed wheat protein in the ingredients of nail polish!!! I can't believe how long it takes me to shop for everything these days. I carry a magnifying glass for reading small print ingredients.
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Posted 28 June 2004 - 11:44 PM

I just want to reiterate what I said about the hair coloring mistake! It's now been 4 days, and my scalp itches so bad! I think it has always felt tingly when I've had the color on before, and just didn't think anything of it! Now I think the tingling may not be common to others without HD! The back of my neck is red from the scratching! :(

So, keep the tips and reminders coming! We will all learn through each other! :)
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 10:53 AM

Hey Everyone,

Here's a reply that I just received today from the Oil of Olay Co.:
I'm sorry about your experience with Olay Complete Defense SPF 30. Our
products are thoroughly tested to be safe when used as directed, and we
wouldn't expect the results you described.

We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear
information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or
gluten aren't directly added to a product by us, these ingredients
won't be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase
the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the
components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those
companies. Therefore it's possible that a very small amount (generally
parts per million) of gluten may be present.

We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very
unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace
amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because
wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they're
ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used
externally on the skin, their use shouldn't be an issue for someone with
this disease.

Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you
consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable
goods, if you haven't already. You might even consider using one of
our fragrance free products that doesn't list gluten or wheat extracts on
the label.

I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information
about Celiac, you may want to check out http://celiac.com/ and
http://celiac.org

If you have further questions or concerns, remember we're only an email
away! Thanks for getting in touch with us.

Dana
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#43 DawnI

 
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 11:29 AM

Also Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo is gluten-free - I called the manuf.
Dawn :D
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 01:42 PM

Just an FYI Burts Bees has a line of makeup, shampoos, lotions and even toothpastes, which is wonderful smells great, is gluten-free friendly and is also eco friendly plus the manufacturer will provide you with a list of all their gluten free products. We love their lip balms and lotions as they smell great and feel awesome too. I use their foundation/moisturized tint and its great. :D
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 03:13 PM

Gillian--Did the manufacturer tell you Cetaphil had gluten in it because I don't see it in the ingredients? I'm very sensitive to gluten in products, or at least to hydrolyzed wheat protein and the like, and I have used Cetaphil for years with no problem. I'm just wondering if I've missed something. I'm talking about the cleanser, not the lotion.
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