I have posted a new Gluten Free Self-Care Product List that includes shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion to supplement our popular Gluten Free Cosmetics List. Although the gluten-free product offerings from each of the companies featured on the page is more extensive than the list products that I have endorsed, I have included only those products that I have personally used and enjoyed. In addition, I have written reviews of many of the products and companies featured on this page, including AVEDA, Burt’s Bees, Paul Mitchell, and MAC.
So, why should we care whether any of these self-care products are gluten free? Although you would never intentionally eat any of these products and gluten molecules are too large to permeate your skin, shampoo and conditioner can end up in and around your mouth while you’re in the shower; soap and lotion are used on your hands, and let’s face it: your hands often end up in your mouth at some point throughout the day. In addition, some individuals with celiac disease report experiencing dermatitis herpetiformis through skin contact with gluten. I have been able to reduce my TTG score to a normal level by maintaining a strict gluten-free diet and abiding by the general rule that any products used on my face or hair and anything that will be left on my hands without being washed off (like lotion, for example) should also be gluten free.
I hope that you will find this list helpful as a starting point. Please remember that product ingredients are subject to change at any time. I have included the date on which I last confirmed that each product was gluten free. For some of them, it has been several months, so I have included contact information for each company so that you can confirm whether a product continues to be gluten free prior to making your purchase.
This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all gluten-free products currently available for purchase. I have simply gathered a list of products that I have used and enjoy, and I hope that you will help add to the list by posting comments with gluten-free products that you love.
Finally, if you’re looking for any last minute Christmas gifts for your friends and relatives with celiac disease, the Gluten Free Self-Care Product List makes a great shopping list because most of the products are pretty easy to find. Also, check out Drew’s Christmas gift list—it’s full of terrific ideas!