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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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I can find no credible evidence that confirms or even suggests that the use of wheat-containing cosmetics and related products (shampoo, face creams) can cause a reaction in people with Celiac disease.

 

The closest I could find was a theoretical risk with lipstick/lip balm - but even that seemed sketchy at best.

 

I've replaced my lip products as a precaution, but am wondering if anyone can reference any scientific literature about the rest?

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The reason most of us use shampoos and lip products and lotions without obvious gluten ingredients is that we get them in our mouths.  I don't use a shampoo that says gluten-free.  I don't use one that says wheat germ oil.  I don't worry about my mascara because I don't see getting that in my mouth. 

 

So... I don't buy specifically labeled gluten-free cosmetics, lotions, shampoos unless its just happens to be something I want.  I do make sure that all the products that might get in my mouth - lotions, lipsticks, shampoos - do not contain any gluten ingredients.

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Your "scientific" reference:

 

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/what-ingredients-should-i-avoid-in-cosmetic-products

 

What ingredients should I avoid in cosmetic products?

Gluten is only toxic to celiac patients and patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) if ingested. Because gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, the use of cosmetic and shampoos containing gluten has not been shown to be detrimental to patients with celiac disease or DH. However, we do recommend gluten-free lip products, hand lotions and other products that may end up near the mouth. And, in the case of children, a gluten-free shampoo would be wise.

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Thank you very much!! That is helpful. This newbie appreciates it!

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I think we don't realize how often we put our hands in our mouths.  Hand lotion is an easy one to get in your mouth.  Put some lotion on your hands and then pick up a piece of food and eat it. 

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The same thing can happen if you scratch your itchy face, then pick up some food and pop it in your mouth. I don't use gluten-free foundation, but I DO wash my hands EVERY TIME before I eat anything.

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