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Should I Use Gluten Free Beauty Products?



As a part of transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle, I have been more exposed and aware of gluten-free labels on products everywhere, including on beauty products. The first year that I become gluten free, I noticed numerous brands claiming their shampoo to be gluten free. My first thought was this is great, but I'm not going to eat it. So I laughed at the amount of caution these brands put into their allergy information and just brushed it off as a marketing tactic. But as I become more acclimated to my gluten free lifestyle, I began to question if I should be more concerned about what I am putting on my body as well as what I was feeding my body.


Do You Use Gluten Free Beauty Products?


I took to social media to ask my fellow gluten free friends whether you used gluten free beauty products as part of your gluten free lifestyle.


I asked "do you only buy beauty products that are labeled gluten free?". The two answer selections were:


  • "Yes, always" or

  • "No I don't"


Looking for Gluten Free Beauty Product Tips


As I try to grow out my hair, I am searching for all the gluten free make up tips that I can find!


As said best by one of my followers:


Yesssssss it's so important to live a full gluten free life


I am ready to take my gluten free lifestyle to the next level by including it in my make up routine as well!



Do you Notice Symptoms When You Don't Use Gluten Free Beauty Products?

Not yet but not sure what's not gluten free and what is in my make up bag.

Here is a peak at my travel size make up bag that I keep in my purse. The truth is, I haven't paid much attention to the products that I have been putting on my face either! But I do suffer from scalp itchiness, occasional acne breakouts, and rashes! I believe it is worth the effort to at least investigate if it is worth wild to use only gluten free beauty products.




What Symptoms Do You Experience When Using Non-Gluten Free Products?


For those who answered "yes, always" to whether or not they only used gluten free beauty products, I then asked them if they noticed symptoms when they do not use gluten free products. This is what you said:

Yes - especially with hair products! Brings out horrible DH all over my scalp!
No symptoms, but if it's going on my face, it's near my mouth and I'm taking all precautions.
My face breaks out and I get itchy.
Breakouts every time.
I use gluten free beauty products for anything that has the possibility of getting into my eyes or mouth!
I don't always but I have noticed some non gluten free shampoos make my scalp very itchy!
I don't but I have no reactions.
I get horrible rashes!
Yes; my face, which is generally clear, gets red and bumpy and puffy.

Most of you were in agreeance that you do notice symptoms when you do not use a beauty product that is labeled gluten free. This was interesting to me. Although I do not notice irritation with my eyes, I do notice that I get acne breakouts occasionally. I am wondering if the culprit is gluten in my makeup!


Do You Notice Side Effects When You Don't Use Gluten Free Brands?


I do! I get eye infections if I use something with gluten/wheat in it.

With this, I also asked if anyone had recommendations for gluten free eye make up brands.




Anyone Have A Good Recommendation For A Gluten Free Eye Make Up Brands?


My last question for my followers was for any recommendations for make up brands that were known to be gluten free. Here is what you guys came up with:


  • Tarte Cosmetics

  • Too Faced

  • Red Apple Lipstick

  • Gabriel Cosmetics

  • EO Products



How To Know If A Beauty Product Is Gluten Free


One of you had a great question for me when I was asking about symptoms with non-gluten free makeup brands.


But is it literally called "gluten" and "wheat" in the ingredients or is it called by some other name?


The answer is not always, here is a great list provided by the Celiac Dietitian that outlines other names for gluten that can be found in Beauty products. These ingredients should be avoided if you are looking to live a completely gluten free lifestyle, including your make up products.


Wheat (Triticum Vulgare)

  • Wheat Starch

  • Wheat Protein or Hyrdozed wheat protein

  • (Steardimonium Hydroxypropl, Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl)

  • Wheat germ oil

  • Dextrin palmitate (starch, may be gluten-based)

Rye (Secale Cereale)

Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)

  • Malt Extract

Oats (Avena Sativa)

  • Beta glucan (may be derived from barley or oats)



The Final Results


Many of you answered the question, "do you only buy beauty products that are labeled gluten free?" and the final results were 40% said yes, always, while the majority at 60% said no I don't.


After researching more about gluten free beauty products, deciding to use gluten free beauty products is a personal choice. If you notice reactions and symptoms from using products on your skin or hair that contain gluten, it may be time to ditch those products and use one of the many gluten free beauty products out there!


If you guys have any more insight on this topic that you would like to share with me, please leave a comment! I would love to hear from you.


Also, I will continue to investigate this topic by researching and experimenting different gluten free beauty product brands! I can't wait to share what I discover with you guys!


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