16 Gluten-Free Personal Care Brands
“Gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin, although this is a common misconception,” says gastroenterologist Dr. Michael Picco of the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic. Gluten can only cause inflammation when it’s swallowed, he says. Other experts contend that topical creams that contain gluten can cause eczema flares and more. Some toothpastes and creams contain gluten, and if you are sensitive, you’ll want to know about these 16 brands that are gluten-free.
Wheat is the most common gluten ingredient used in personal care products—even natural and organic brands. Its uses are varied. Wheat germ oil is a good source of vitamin E, known for its moisturizing and preservative properties. Wheat protein is a moisturizing and thickening agent used in everything from mascara to conditioners.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).