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So, being a newbie and all (diagnosed a month ago) I am still learning a lot. What types of non food products are safe? I know that you can only get glutened by ingesting it, but I am pretty bad about touching my face/lips often throughout the day and I really prefer purchasing gluten free products to be extra safe. Can anyone help me out on ideas for the following items? Oh, and preferably stuff I can buy at walmart/CVS type places. I really don't want to spend a fortune if I don't have to. I have already bought Dove shampoo/ conditioner and lotion :)

 

Hand soap

 

hand sanitizer

 

lip balm

 

lip stick

 

liquid foundation

 

and anything else that you have found to be gluten-free!

 

Oh, and also, what Over the counter pain medications are safe? I dont like to take them often, but ocasionally I do take them. 

 

Thanks!! I am so thankful for all of yall on this forum. You have really helped a newbie out A LOT. Thank you thank you thank you. Adjusting to a gluten-free lifestyle is overwhelming. Yall have helped a ton!! Hugs!

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For hand soap we keep Softsoap in the house for kitchen and bathrooms. I just get one each of a certain kind I like and a huge refill thing and keep refilling all the little ones til its out. Then I decide if I want to change smells or not.

 

I'm too lazy to go check my hand sanitizer, but I think its name brand something or other. *shrug*

 

I use EOS for my lip balm/chapstick or whatever. I love love love that stuff. My husband balked at the price of it, but then again I'm the first person he has ever known who will use an entire thing of lip balm and not have it go mysteriously missing. So I'll pay however much I want for mine. :P I also use the same brand of hand lotion that I keep in my purse, it is small and handy and slips in a jeans pocket for when I don't want to have my purse with me.

 

I do not wear makeup, so I'm no help there. I used to, and I've seen some say that they don't particularly worry about it but I'm also a toucher. I would worry about it if it were me. I also am quite in the habit of getting (just a little) face wash in my mouth. I know this because I use a homemade face scrub and can always taste the ingredients in it just a teensy bit. If I can taste that, I know that whatever I had on my face is getting in my mouth too. I'm sure someone will have lots of good makeup suggestions.

 

I buy lots of generic drugs at Walgreens. Some packages say gluten free right on them, some don't. I just go during East coast business hours with a cell phone and start calling to be sure of what I am taking. Because things can change at any time, it is important to make these calls every time you purchase a generic. With name brands, I don't know and they may just be safe or not, but I'm not about to waste my money on a name brand.

 

And it becomes less overwhelming and more second nature faster than you think possible. Hang in there!

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I have found a lot less things contain gluten than some of these internet sites lead you to believe.  I have found gluten the most prevalent in hair products. Target generic brand Advil and some other OTC meds say gluten-free on the box.. 

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OMG hair products are the root of all evil for gluten. Seriously. I eventually gave up calling people because every product I ever loved either has gluten, or has some stupid company that treats us like complete crap and I won't give my money to them. (The "you won't eat our shampoo and besides we have propriety stuff blah blah blah.." Well no crap I won't eat your shampoo and if you took 10 seconds to actually read the email I sent you would see that it says something about accidental ingestion morons... thanks, I'll keep my money jerkwads.) I eventually gave up and just make my own shampoo at home and use a vinegar rinse, or if I'm feeling lazy I just so shampoo free and do the baking soda method. My hair has never been softer.

 

I also meant to mention with the EOS stuff, I know their shaving cream says oatmeal on it but someone said once that it actually gluten free. This led to me emailing and calling them about it and they told me both times that it is actually gluten free, gluten free oats and all. Woohoo! I love the stuff.I only worry about this because I have a terrible (and unsanitary) habit of putting my razor in my mouth when I put cream on my legs. :ph34r:

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I use Blistex and to my knowledge it's gluten free - (I wrote the company about 3 months ago when I was diganosed.)

 

I also use the Dove hair products.

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As far as shampoo, conditioner and other non-color products I just LOVE the Shea Moisture line they carry at CVS, Sally's Beauty Supply & drugstore.com.  I also use a lot of Beauty Control Makeup, but be careful it isn't all gluten-free.The spa line is and so is the Tight Firm & Fill. I do not use any of their lip color or lip treatments however as they all seem to have wheat germ oil in them.    And ain't the hand soap thing a bummer?... I wonder every time I wash my hands in a public restroom if I've just contaminated myself. That one is a booger.

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i buy a giant bar of 'kiss my face' soap and chop it into little bars that i keep in my travel case, and smaller ones to keep in my purse in a baggie.  if they're really little, i just throw it away on my way out of the restroom.  :)

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I hope I can post a link but I use this shampoo/conditioner.  I got it before I knew I was diagnosed.  I noticed in passing that the label said gluten-free, but now I guess it makes a difference.  It's also sulfate free but unlike most sulfate free shampoos, it lathers great!!  You only need a very small amount, pea sized for medium length hair.  I have the mint conditioner and it smells so good!!!  http://colorproof.com/ .  It's expensive, $30 or so from the salon.  I got the largest bottle with a pump, I've had it since last October and have used maybe 1/2 a bottle.

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