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

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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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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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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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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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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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I have always been itchy and have had hives (which might have been DH looking back) and psoriasis on my scalp. I've struggled with this my whole life.

I tried all kinds of shampoos and finally found one that I love that is gluten, soy and sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) free, called Dessert Organics. http://www.desertessence.com/node/96

For body wash I like Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Foaming wash. http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/product/52

For lotion I like Avon (google 'Avon gluten free' for a list).

With this combo I'm never itchy and my hives and psoriasis have been non-active.

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I'm all for going gluten free with beauty products. I saw a HUGE difference in my health when I did and I resisted big time. Any soaps or lotions that get on your hands will get into your mouth when you eat, prep your food, scratch your face, etc. Shampoo and conditioner run down your face and it's very hard not to get traces in your mouth in the shower. If you have long hair, then it will whip around and touch your mouth.

I don't worry about tocopherols. I read a bunch of stuff that Peter shared with me on here from the big Celiac Association in Canada and they gave all sorts of evidence that tocopherols are safe. I use soap and shampoo with it with no problems but you have to do your own experiments and see.

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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!

Hey something to add i know that marcelle had a new mineral foundation that is gluten free it sais it right on the back :) Although i am not sure that there whole entire line is but or sure the new mineral foundation is :) Its also talc, paraben free and hypoallergenic :) And its pretty cheep :P

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I have hair loss... I can't wait for this to reverse itself. I have only been gluten free since February, so I'm hoping over time I will start to see some hair growth. In the meantime, I have to share with you something that really works and is gluten free for face care. Because this has worked so well for me, I've abandoned lotions all together and started using Jojoba oil I get at Trader Joe's and infusing it with different scents. My skin looks and feels so much healthier. We were forced to think about food differently, and no we have to think about how we take care of our skin and hair differently too.

I just recently started using sunflower oil (can use olive oil, but it seems a bit heavier)and castor oil mix for a face wash. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but it REALLY works. AND, it's very inexpensive. A bottle of sunflower oil is $15 and the castor oil is about $5.00. This will last for about 9 to 12 months.

A little goes ALONG way.

I had roseacea due to the celiacs, so I have been trying every product imaginable out there, including going to the dermatologist. This is THE only thing that has worked. My skin feels soft, blemish and red free!!!!

Here is how I understand the whole concept: Mainstream skin care products strip the oil out of our skin. Believe it or not oil dissolves oil.

Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil alone will not bring you blemishes. Pimples, cysts, zits, blackheads, whiteheads are a result of hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells and the buildup of these factors. Your skin naturally produces oil because it needs it. Your natural oil helps lubricate, heal, protect, and moisturize your skin so that it may function properly.

The oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed.

Castor Oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing. Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it. A little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you with dry skin.

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.

Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil. (this is what I use)

Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

MATERIALS NEEDED

You'll need a soft washcloth, oil blend, and hot running water.

DIRECTIONS

Typically done in the evening, prior to bed. There should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you're waking up with skin cleansed the night before. In the morning, a quick wipe with a warm washcloth should suffice. We don't want to over cleanse our skin as this will serve only to irritate and cause more oil production. The objective of using this method is to deep clean while balancing our skins oil production at the same time. The following steps are done about every 3 or 4 days. Or as needed. I've done this consecutive days in a row because of sunscreen at the pool with my 5 year old. I did not have any outbreaks, but I did notice my skin was drier.

1. Pour about a quarter of oil blend onto palm of your hand and rub your hands together to warm the oil and smooth over your face.

2. Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face prior to the massage. I've found that this removes even my stubborn waterproof mascara.

3. Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time and focus on your problem areas. You want the oil to work into your pores so that blackheads and the like can be dissolved and steamed away.

4. Once you're satisfied that your pores are saturated soak washcloth in steamy water. Water needs to be warm enough to open your pores and remove the oil. Cool water will not open your pores, nor will it remove the oil efficiently.

5. Hold the washcloth to cover your face and neck. Allow it to stay until it cools. You will feel your pores releasing the impurities.

6. Wipe the oil gently away and rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Hold the washcloth to your face again, allowing it to cool. Wipe gently, rinse well, and repeat two or three more times.

7. Avoid any temptation to scrub Your skin will be soft, smooth, and free of flakes without the additional manual exfoliation and irritation that will result. Impurities, dead skin cells, and bacteria will be gently swept away.

8. If your skin feels tight, take a tiny drop of your oil blend, rub it between your clean, damp palms and pat it onto your damp skin. Gently massage any oil residue into your skin so there is no film of oil left sitting on the surface. Your skin should now glow!

Best of Luck!

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I had DH or eczema/psoriasis all over my neck and scalp and that has almost completely gone since going to Dessert Essence gluten free products - I think I react to all those other harsh chemicals in regular products.

Redken was killing me.

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