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Sunscreen, body lotions, etc. with gluten?

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Hi there.  I was just about to order my usual and favorite sunscreen since it's on sale.  I noticed the website has a gluten-free section (It's Badger) and it says their sunscreen has gluten.  Does anyone know if we need to avoid these types of topical skin care products?  I will be so upset, since this is my favorite sunscreen.  I have photosensitivity, so use a lot of sunscreen, and Badger seems to be a safe brand, and I really like their lavender sunscreen for body, and tinted rose sunscreen for face.  Since it's not going into my tummy, only being absorbed on my skin, would it be okay to use products with gluten?  I know some things can soak into skin and get into the bloodstream, but I didn't think sunscreen did.  Anyone have any experience using topical lotions with gluten and being okay? 

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I don't buy anything contains gluten anymore . It makes me itch.Even if it doesn't make you itch, you may accidentally touch to area with  suncreen (or lotion) then touch to your food or mouth . Just to be safe, don't buy it anymore.  Andalou naturals, most products of Sante , Logona  are gluten free ( check the label always,it has to say gluten free dont buy it otherwise ) Also check your country's celiac association's page.

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1 hour ago, LilyR said:

Hi there.  I was just about to order my usual and favorite sunscreen since it's on sale.  I noticed the website has a gluten-free section (It's Badger) and it says their sunscreen has gluten.  Does anyone know if we need to avoid these types of topical skin care products?  I will be so upset, since this is my favorite sunscreen.  I have photosensitivity, so use a lot of sunscreen, and Badger seems to be a safe brand, and I really like their lavender sunscreen for body, and tinted rose sunscreen for face.  Since it's not going into my tummy, only being absorbed on my skin, would it be okay to use products with gluten?  I know some things can soak into skin and get into the bloodstream, but I didn't think sunscreen did.  Anyone have any experience using topical lotions with gluten and being okay? 

A few things to consider.......gluten of any kind cannot be absorbed into the skin as the molecule is too large.  I know some people have trouble with this concept but it's a science that is well understood.  I do not worry about anything that goes onto my body except for my hands and lips.  It is still OK to use a product that is not labeled as gluten-free on your face but you should take care to avoid your mouth area when applying.  If that makes you feel uncomfortable, then use a labeled gluten-free sunscreen.  And ALWAYS wash hands well after applying  any sunscreen or make-up, etc. as eating these things is not recommended, whether gluten free or not.

Secondly, the most common ingredient that many mistake as a problem is Vitamin E (tocopherols), which can be used in sunscreen.  See the article below on that.  It is an older article but still is considered correct information for Celiac's.  Can you list the ingredients from the sunscreen that you like?  I always read the ingredients list because sometimes manufacturers get their info wrong on what is actually gluten-free or not.

https://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/vitamin-e-from-wheat-germ-oil/

FYI...I have been gluten-free for 12 years, a diagnosed Celiac.  I never screen make-up EXCEPT that which is used on my hands and lips.  I have never been glutened by any product or had any problems. It's not that hard to be careful if you really love a product.  ;)

Some info I found on their website......https://www.badgerbalm.com/s-64-badger-sunscreen-ingredients.aspx  Look at the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom.  There is a disclaimer about the gluten-free status and it's the usual one you see when companies are just trying to cover their butts. And yes, it looks like they use tocopherols in their product and that might very well be the "questionable" ingredient that is considered safe

I would use this product without any reservations but just make sure you wash your hands after applying.  No one wants sunscreen in their food!

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Thanks for the info.  I think I'll go ahead and order it while it's still on sale and just be aware if I notice any problems with it.  Good reminder to always wash hands too, and I don't tend to put the facial sunscreen near my lips.  Thanks for that link.  I had not even seen that on their website yet. I saw a page about gluten-free products and it made it sound like their sunscreen had gluten.  Now I see it's just they won't certify that it is gluten-free since where they get the ingredients does not.  I think it's definitely worth trying.  

 

Thanks!

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