Does anyone just go ahead & use body lotion that could possibly have gluten in it? I have a pre-diagnosis bottle of body shop lotion that I love. It has no gluten ingredients but does have fragrance & the company will not state gluten-free or not. I thought I could just use it on arms & legs & wash my hands really good. I don't get symptoms from accidental glutens, just hidden symptoms I wouldn't ever know about. Any advice on this one?
i am 2 1/2 years gluten free. I have found the more picky i have been about cross contamination etc. the more sensitive i have become even to topical products. When i first went gluten free i used any hair, beauty products even if they had wheat protein and saw no problems. After about a year i noticed skin reactions to wheat protein in my shampoo, really bad welts that wouldn't go away for weeks. Then later i cut any products out with tocopherol or vitamin e (which can be made from wheat)and at this point i got on the internet and bought 100% gluten free hair products and found new makeup and noticed i immediately felt better in a day or 2 going totally topical gluten free.
Your skin is an organ, at this point i believe that i react just from gluten or possible gluten contaminated topical products on my skin with no possible ingestion. I actually get rash or hive like symptoms around my scalp if i use hair products that don't list any gluten but are possibly contaminated i also get bumps on my arm and on my chest all in the same spots every time, and yes from a hair product. i also get brain fog, body pain, etc. i just basically feel off and it seems like gluten is slowly seeping into my body, until i wash it out then my body seems to get better after about a day. I have tested this numerous times with exactly the same results which are my normal gluten reactions. I used to use dove since i read it should be ok, not anymore, i totally have gluten reactions to it. So now i use only totally gluten free lotions, makeup, and hair products. And i'm not getting hair in my mouth because my hair is short. And its not during shampooing because i wash may hair about every 4 days and the first time i noticed with dove was after 2 weeks of continued use of dove. I realize i am super sensitive but i would tell people to try going totally topical gluten free (hair, lotion,makeup) for awhile then go back to your normal topical products and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. It was the only way i was able to figure out if i should be more cautious or not.