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Gluten In Make-up?

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Hello Everyone,

I have not officiallly been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, however, I have been on a gluten-free diet for 3-4 weeks now. And I have noticed when I put on make-up I sometimes break out in hives.

I wear Covergirl products. Does anyone know if Covergirl is gluten-free? I'm trying to determine if it really is the make-up or something else in my environment. I'm not eating the make-up so why would make-up (even if it does have gluten) cause problems?

Thanks for any advice!!! :D

TIFF

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Hives are an allergenic reaction. I would try a different brand of makeup. It could be a wheat based product your skin is reacting to or it could be an allergy to some other component. It wouldn't hurt to try a product that is gluten free. If you do a board search there is a really long thread on a mineral makeup that a lot of folks really like and they used to enable folks to buy sample sizes for a low cost, don't know if they still do though. Burt's Bees makes some foundations that are free of wheat based products. They do have a soy though which gives me an allergic reaction but may not bother you. You could try one of those. I have been using Almay Pure Blends without issues, I also break out from most foundations and that hasn't given me any issues although I only wear foundation a couple times a year.

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Other non-supermarket brands to consider (they are gluten-free):

NARS

smashbox (mascaras are not gluten-free)

bare minerals (huge thread here)

shisheido

ECO Nvey (check mascaras-- may not be)

100% pure (not mascara)

Guerlain (see safe list posted on threads here)

T. LeClerc (I ahve an email verifying gluten-free status)

Chanel (see lists posted on threads here)

Clinique does tremendous allergy testing on its products. That is their whole niche market. Many of their products are gluten-free and if search here, you will find specific products that are safe.

Korres (a great natural Greek brand) has recently started a make-up line-- check them out (I have not done this yet.)

Good luck! As RWG said, it may not be gluten you are reacting too. If this is the case, I would try Clinique first-- especially as it is one of the less expensive lines on my list, along with 100% pure.

Also, a surprising number of people continue to use makeup past its expiration date. Check your dates because there are some rather nasty bugs that can live in makeup.

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If any of your products are fairly new, I would call Cover Girl and ask for a refund. Companies do not want you to break out from their makeup and they will be glad to refund you. That stuff is expensive! Then I would keep the ingredient list in your makeup kit so if you react to some other product, you can compare ingredients. It can be hard to pinpoint what you might be reacting to but this could help.

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Thank you everyone for all of the advice.

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