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#1 Donna F

 
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Posted 05 July 2004 - 03:37 PM

I have many Neutrogena products (shampoos, facial soaps and makeups, etc.) in my CSA product lising. I bought several when I started the diet.

Since I've been on the diet, the shampoo had caused me a lot of itchiness and dandruff, and the facial soap has caused me those aweful blisters all over my face. At first I thought it was just acne. I also noticed that my complexion had an over-all bumpiness to it which I just attributed to 'getting older'.

But as soon as I stopped using the shampoo and used Pantene, my scalp cleared up the first day.

I don't know of any common facial-soaps that are gluten-free, so I ordered one from the company I work for (a bit pricey though - at least for me;)), but I didn't want to have to wait for it to come and keep causing blisters on my face.

So I started using my kids' 'Toms of Maine' baby soap on my face (since I know it's gluten-free) and after just 1 day, all of the bumpiness went completely away, and the blisters are clearing up (today is day 3).

I never had dh before, but now that I've become more sensative to the gluten in these products, I know I have to pay close attention to what I'm using.

Has anyone else ever had problems with Neutrogena? They do state in the listing that their products may contain trace amounts of gluten and to use with caution.

Well, I'm certain that they do INDEED contain gluten, and I'm a firm believer that NO ONE who is Celiac should ever use products with any gluten if they can help it - even if they don't see any symptoms (of course, that is just my opinion).

-donna
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Posted 20 July 2004 - 12:14 PM

Donna, Thank you for your post. I am doing research for my daughter. Do know of any other products that she should stay away from or a site that lists products that are gluten free?
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#3 Donna F

 
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Posted 20 July 2004 - 01:57 PM

Hi!

Yes, you can get a product listing guide from the Celiac Sprue Association. It's about $20 and lists everything you can think of in it. You can get one here:

http://www.csaceliac..._Order_Form.pdf

just scroll down to the phone # and you can order that way too.

The only drawback to it is that there really are a lot more gluten-free products out there that AREn't listed in the book. That is where I have found this site so helpful. sometimes I do a search on here for an item. Yesterday I looked up french fries and found a post that said Ore Ida is gluten-free. I always check the date of the post though, b/c ingredients change from time to time and what may have been gluten-free last year may not be this year. I think Hershey's is guilty of this. The Celiac Sprue Association told me that Reeses pb cups are NOT gluten-free any more, nor are Snickers and a few others. I think Hershey's kisses are the only ones that are definately gluten-free.
I've also seen posts that many Lay's snacks are gluten-free, but Lays admits that there may be some cross-contamination. Some people are more sensitive than others, and other people have no obvious symptoms at all, so companies like Lays and Neutrogena that say some products are gluten-free, you should be weary of for cross-contamintation (if you are being extra-vigilant).

I'm sure there are others, but if you want specifics, try an online search or a search on here. But I highly-recommend the CSA's product listing guide as a quick reference for many, MANY things. At least it'll give you a nice foundation to work from.

And email a company or call them if you're not sure. I emailed Cape Cod potato chips the other day and all of the unflavored chips are gluten-free. I emailed Popsicle today to see if they will give me a gluten-free product listing. Sometimes I call if I need to know in a pinch (and I take my cell and CSA listing guide to the store with me!).

Hope that helps a little. I've learned a lot these past 3 or 4 months. I did this diet a few months last year too (b4 I knew for sure) so I'm getting better at this. This site (Celiac.com) also gives a safe/unsafe ingredient list, but looking up every ingredient is exhausting and companies don't even have to list every single ingredient if it doesn't comprise a certain percentage of the overall ingredients (pathetic!)

Good luck! Hope your daughter is well now!
-donna
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