Gluten in Personal Care items

I love when I go to start researching one thing and it takes me an entirely different direction. I started out with wanting to pin point some gluten free cosmetics and personal care items such as soaps and lotions. While I was able to find some I was finding more of a completely different result.

If you try to do a search for Gluten Free Cosmetics your results honestly will be minimal. There was a presentation done back in November at the 76th American College of Gastroenterology’s Scientific meeting in DC. A study inspired by a 28 year old who experienced worsening symptoms after starting to use a lotion but then stopped when she ceased using the lotion was presented. They found that in a search of the top 10 cosmetic company’s lacked information about ingredients used in their products. Only 2 offered detailed ingredients but none of the 10 provided any info as to if there was gluten or not.

I found a few sites that provide a list of ingredients that may contain gluten to watch for. But I also found a lot of links, including one for the Mayo Clinic that suggested that it may not be necessary to watch out for gluten cosmetics and soaps because gluten can not be absorbed through the skin. The main concern is if one were to accidentally ingest them. For example, when you use lip balm or lip stick, or just put lotion on and then touch your lips while eating say a piece of chocolate. This is something I found fascinating and plan on researching more. In the mean time here is a list of ingredients to watch out for.

Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
Cyclodextrin
Dextrin
Dextrin Palmitate
Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Maltodextrin
Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
Wheat Amino Acids
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
Wheat Protein
Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
Yeast Extract

These two sites carry gluten free items (both were created by people with gluten sensitivity)

As usual make sure to talk to your doctor about how gluten free they expect you to go. Below are my resources.

http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=ewK0LjP7E&b=1988655 (has a list from 2007 of some companies and their policies like crest as well)

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