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#1 vbecton

 
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 03:46 PM

Hey guys!

I've decontaminated the kitchen, now I'm on to the bathroom. I need some good suggestions for gluten free shampoos, conditioners, face cleansers, makeup. I usually try to get most of my food from Whole Foods, but we are on a super tight budget right now so my personal care products are coming from the cheap aisles! :lol:

So, how about gluten free haircare, skincare that I could pick up at WalMart, Kroger, or Target? I use Aveeno on my face...is it gluten-free? I emailed the company, but haven't heard back. I've been using Herbal Essences on my hair? Yay or nay? Physician's formula mineral makeup? Toothpaste? And also, what sort of ingredient am I looking for that would signify gluten on these products? It seems more elusive than with food items!! B)

Thanks guys!
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 06:01 PM

Hey guys!

I've decontaminated the kitchen, now I'm on to the bathroom. I need some good suggestions for gluten free shampoos, conditioners, face cleansers, makeup. I usually try to get most of my food from Whole Foods, but we are on a super tight budget right now so my personal care products are coming from the cheap aisles! :lol:

So, how about gluten free haircare, skincare that I could pick up at WalMart, Kroger, or Target? I use Aveeno on my face...is it gluten-free? I emailed the company, but haven't heard back. I've been using Herbal Essences on my hair? Yay or nay? Physician's formula mineral makeup? Toothpaste? And also, what sort of ingredient am I looking for that would signify gluten on these products? It seems more elusive than with food items!! B)

Thanks guys!


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Posted 20 June 2010 - 06:10 PM

OK, your Aveeno is made with oats & is definately not gluten free. some of your other products may be fine. I don't know, but someone else will. In case they are not, look at burt's bees for lipcolor, Cover Girl clearly lables wheat, rye, barley and oats on the back if it is present in the product. Dove and other Unilever products clearly list gluten ingredients.
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#4 Heidi S.

 
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 06:23 PM

Hey guys!

I've decontaminated the kitchen, now I'm on to the bathroom. I need some good suggestions for gluten free shampoos, conditioners, face cleansers, makeup. I usually try to get most of my food from Whole Foods, but we are on a super tight budget right now so my personal care products are coming from the cheap aisles! :lol:

So, how about gluten free haircare, skincare that I could pick up at WalMart, Kroger, or Target? I use Aveeno on my face...is it gluten-free? I emailed the company, but haven't heard back. I've been using Herbal Essences on my hair? Yay or nay? Physician's formula mineral makeup? Toothpaste? And also, what sort of ingredient am I looking for that would signify gluten on these products? It seems more elusive than with food items!! B)

Thanks guys!

Haircare:
Dove, Suave, Suave Kids, Pantene. All cheap and can find coupons (target.com etc..) Check the back all the companies are VERY good about labeling their products. More expensive Burts Bees, California Baby and Giovanni.

Skincare:
Aquaphor- hands, legs
Burts Bees Radiance day cream- face (Pretty sure Aveeno is NOT gluten-free)
Dove, Burts Bees, California Baby-Body lotion and body wash
Burts Bees Radiance-soap
Burt's Bees- acne meds

Make-up:
Bare Minerals (everything gluten-free except 100% natural lip gloss/lip stick) I use Buxom lip gloss by bare minerals it is gluten-free. (Pretty sure Physicians formula mascara is NOT gluten-free b/c of Tocopherol is wheat derived) Unfortunately not cheap, others on the forms use more main stream make-up but you have to constantly check items specifically with cover girl, etc.. I don't bother. MAC is another good one but that is department store too!
Avon has ALOT of gluten free lotions, makeup, and cleansers. Find a good Avon rep and you can get good gluten-free products cheaper than department stores.

Toothpaste:
Crest, Colgate or Sensodyne (sp?) all good! (Never pay full price for toothpaste, there are ALWAYS coupons!)

Pain reliever: Motrin IB or Walgreens generic Tylenol
Stomach: Pepto bismol!
Vitamins: Nature Made or GNC multi
Boo Boos: Neosporin and bandaid brand

Words to look out for:
Tocopherols, Vitamin E (can be derived from wheat, needs to be checked)
Triticum (always wheat) watch for anything with Tri-prefix can be:, Kamut, Semolina, Spelt, Triticale, Malt.


I get all my coupons from Target.com, Couponmom.com, Couponcabin.com, Allyou.com (combine store and manufacturers coupons)
There are many more options but that is my list! Good Luck and happy hunting!
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#5 vbecton

 
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:37 AM

Thank you Heidi & SGWhiskers. I totally forgot Aveeno uses oats in their products. This list is so helpful! And the coupons...you are speaking my language. Here's another good coupon site, but mainly for department stores:
http://coupons.thefind.com/

This may be a silly question, but we can still react to gluten containing products if used on our skin and not being ingested? I'm sure the amount absorbed through the skin is harmful. Thanks again!
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 07:37 AM

The gluten particles are too big to affect you through your skin, however, if the item gets on your lips or in your mouth (ie, bite your nails) you could be affected.

I wanted to second the Avon and CoverGirl recommendations. Avon puts out a giant list that shows which items are Gluten-free. It's huge. They are inexpensive and offer free shipping. I do a big order every 6 months and load up on lotions, body wash, and cosmetics (if needed). I love their GlazeWear lipgloss.

I use CoverGirl mascara.

For shampoo I use Dessert Organics which is a bit pricey but I need something that is gluten-free, soy free and SLS free. Burt Bee's was my go to product but they started adding soy to their items. Big disappointment for me.

I use Tresseme hair style products. Very inexpensive and often on sale. I also have some got2be products.

MAC also has some gluten-free cosmetics but they are pricey. Clinique also has many gluten-free items. Most of the high end cosmetics will have a big book of ingredients you can ask to look at. They will be celarly marked too with words like wheat, oats, corn next to the more unpronounceable chemical name.

I like chewable Pepcid AC and Pepto for the tummy.

Beware that Tums and chewable Gas-x both contain gluten. Gas-x gel caps are gluten free.
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 08:36 AM

This may be a silly question, but we can still react to gluten containing products if used on our skin and not being ingested? I'm sure the amount absorbed through the skin is harmful. Thanks again!


Gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin as the molecule is too large. You have to ingest gluten to spark the autoimmune reaction. If you feel you cannot use skin care products without ingesting them, then you probably want to make your products gluten-free. It's a choice issue with whatever makes you most comfortable but it's not medically necessary.
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:04 AM

Beware that Tums and chewable Gas-x both contain gluten. Gas-x gel caps are gluten free.


TUMS HAVE GLUTEN! Geez, the list is endless and I'm glad you brought that up randomly because I used to eat Tums like candy. My GI put me on Prilosec (good thing or I'd still be eating Tums) last week. No wonder my esophagus and intestines still showed damage for my endoscopy last week after being gluten-free for 8 weeks. Hello! I was wondering why the heartburn was lingering on my gluten-free diet. Wow! The Prilosec worked on day 1, but then again, it's probably because I'm NOT eating gluten...I think B)

Thanks for all the info about ingesting vs. using gluten products on my skin. This will at least give me time to buy things as I run out instead of running out and going broke today.
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 11:45 AM

I like everything California Baby and you can buy it at Target. I use their baby shampoo as shampoo and face soap, and I use their conditioner too.
I've also tried TheraNeem shampoo and cond from Whole Foods. I like it because it says gluten free on the label (thank you, marketing dept!!). But I try to avoid soy in my products too and I think it might have a little bit of soy.

I just posted some of this advice in another thread and it might sound pretty out there, but here goes! I got so fed up with finding gluten in the "non-toxic" all-natural products I was using that I decided to try some of the make-your-own recipes I'd seen on the Internet. So now I use plain baking soda for a face wash in am, followed by 50-50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water as a toner and straight aloe Vera from a plant on my porch as a moisturizer. In pm, I use California Baby soap to wash and water mixed with a few drops of cocnut oil for moisturizer. I also use baking soda with a few drops of different essential oils for deodorant -- this one has blown me away! I live in Houston and have a toddler so you know I'm sweating but most days I don't even reapply the baking soda and there is no smell.
I've recently started experimenting with baking soda and ACV for hair too (google "no poo" as in "no shampoo" and you'll find lots of instructions and tips.

And in case some context helps you analyze this advice -- I am a lawyer and a mom and I was a sorority girl at UT in college. I try not to be vain but I do care about my looks. As I said in the other post, hair (etc) is a small thing but I feel better when I don't look like a sick person. I would not be using this stuff or recommending it if it didn't work for me. So I don't know how crazy that all sounds to you but the baking soda is gluten-free, non-toxic and cheap! Plus I feel like I'm getting some kind of revenge against all those companies whose stuff was helping to keep me sick. :) (Does putting a smiley-face after "revenge" make it sound nicer? I hope so!)
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:56 PM

I'm confused now. Do people with celiac disease who have Dermatitis Herp. need to use gluten-free body lotions?
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 09:48 AM

I'm confused now. Do people with celiac disease who have Dermatitis Herp. need to use gluten-free body lotions?


Excellent question, debmidge, and I will answer with what I have learned from all the reading I have done. To make it clear, I do not have DH myself and no apparent skin allergy to wheat either. This is something I read in Dr. Peter Green's book on Celiac Disease and it makes sense but I am sure not everyone will agree. It was surprising to me, however.

As Celiac Disease is only caused by ingestion into the gut of gluten, the same goes with DH. The reaction occurs from within and after ingesting gluten and aggravating the immune system, break-outs occur. I guess what happens is that Iga deposits build up in the skin and that is why a skin biopsy is needed to properly diagnose DH. The chapter on DH in his book is fascinating and very informative. If someone develops a rash after touching wheat products, this is not a DH outbreak but could be an additional topical allergy in addition to having DH. Separate animals. He also states that it can take more than 2 years for the Iga deposits to dissipate from the skin so during this healing time, lesions may still erupt even though a person has not ingested any gluten. DH patients seem to also be sensitive to iodine so eating sushi may pose a problem until all lesions have healed. It may be re-introduced into the diet after that.

After reading this, I am glad I have the internal problem only. It would seem it takes longer to heal from DH than classic Celiac Disease. :o
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 09:53 AM

As Celiac Disease is only caused by ingestion into the gut of gluten, the same goes with DH. The reaction occurs from within and after ingesting gluten and aggravating the immune system, break-outs occur. I guess what happens is that Iga deposits build up in the skin and that is why a skin biopsy is needed to properly diagnose DH. The chapter on DH in his book is fascinating and very informative. If someone develops a rash after touching wheat products, this is not a DH outbreak but could be an additional topical allergy in addition to having DH. Separate animals. He also states that it can take more than 2 years for the Iga deposits to dissipate from the skin so during this healing time, lesions may still erupt even though a person has not ingested any gluten. DH patients seem to also be sensitive to iodine so eating sushi may pose a problem until all lesions have healed. It may be re-introduced into the diet after that.


I have been wondering about shaving creams and DH. If a shaving cream contains gluten and if there are antibodies in our blood (and under the skin), it would stand to reason that a nick while shaving could cause a reaction. But I haven't found any info on that :\
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:42 AM

I have been wondering about shaving creams and DH. If a shaving cream contains gluten and if there are antibodies in our blood (and under the skin), it would stand to reason that a nick while shaving could cause a reaction. But I haven't found any info on that :\


You would essentially have to eat the shaving cream for it to cause a reaction! :blink:

Gluten has to pass through the gut to spark an autoimmune reaction. The gut is a closed system, except for entry from the mouth, nose and the bum. One other exception would be the eyes, if you using eye drops. What goes into the eyes will trickle down the back of your throat and then enter into your gut. These are the areas of concern for entry into the GI system. You cannot be exposed to gluten via the skin and have it reach the gut. When food goes through your gut and is broken down into essential nutrients, they are absorbed (hopefully) through the villi and goes on into your blood stream to nourish other parts of the body. It's a one way street meaning that nothing from the blood stream can enter your GI tract that way. It's the body's way of protecting your GI tract from nasty invaders or other things which are not supposed to be there.

Another way to explain it is that 80% of your immune system is in the gut as IgA is produced in your intestinal tract. That's why having an imbalance of GI flora is not so good and can cause many unpleasant symptoms. Doctors will test for Iga levels when testing for Celiac Disease. The immune system is all about gut health.

So, go ahead and use that shaving cream, gluten or no gluten. Just don't eat it! :P
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:44 PM

I have been wondering about shaving creams and DH. If a shaving cream contains gluten and if there are antibodies in our blood (and under the skin), it would stand to reason that a nick while shaving could cause a reaction. But I haven't found any info on that :\


If gluten is entering the bloodstream IMHO yes that could cause the antibody reaction to occur. Whether it is enough to cause a gut reaction I don't know but for those of us who have antibody reactions in organs other than just the gut it could IMHO be a problem.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:13 PM

Hey guys!

I've decontaminated the kitchen, now I'm on to the bathroom. I need some good suggestions for gluten free shampoos, conditioners, face cleansers, makeup. I usually try to get most of my food from Whole Foods, but we are on a super tight budget right now so my personal care products are coming from the cheap aisles! :lol:

So, how about gluten free haircare, skincare that I could pick up at WalMart, Kroger, or Target? I use Aveeno on my face...is it gluten-free? I emailed the company, but haven't heard back. I've been using Herbal Essences on my hair? Yay or nay? Physician's formula mineral makeup? Toothpaste? And also, what sort of ingredient am I looking for that would signify gluten on these products? It seems more elusive than with food items!! B)

Thanks guys!


I have been on the gluten free diet for about 3 years now and have searched and searched for a good shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.. There is a Brand called Pure Results by regis that you can get at any TGF hair cutting place. They have a GREAT line and I personally use every single one of their products. They have shampoo, conditioner, hair texture, body soap, lotion, sugar scrub! It smells fantastic and can all be purchased in one stop. As far as toothpaste, I use Toms organic. I hope this helps!
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