Why to be careful with Lotions, makeup, shampoos etc.
Posted 18 June 2004 - 03:35 AM
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
Posted 18 June 2004 - 06:25 AM
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.
Posted 18 June 2004 - 08:44 AM
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.
Posted 22 June 2004 - 05:00 AM
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.
big apple kat
Posted 22 June 2004 - 05:23 AM
Terri in Virginia
gluten-free since March 27, 2004
Posted 26 June 2004 - 04:35 PM
Posted 26 June 2004 - 07:42 PM
So, I'm learning the hard way still!
Thank you everyone for posting your findings about products!
Posted 28 June 2004 - 04:34 AM
gluten-free since March 27, 2004
Posted 28 June 2004 - 04:58 PM
Positive DH biopsy 4/19/04
Posted 28 June 2004 - 11:44 PM
So, keep the tips and reminders coming! We will all learn through each other!
Posted 30 June 2004 - 10:53 AM
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
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
I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information
about Celiac, you may want to check out http://celiac.com/ and
If you have further questions or concerns, remember we're only an email
away! Thanks for getting in touch with us.
Posted 30 June 2004 - 11:29 AM
Son - age 11 Sean, dx 4/03
daughter - age 4.5 Hope dx 7/04
In memory of husband Bob - undiagnosed celiac disease that lead to lymphoma - March 5, 2003
Posted 30 June 2004 - 01:42 PM
Posted 30 June 2004 - 03:13 PM
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