Getting Political About Gluten-Free

visalus-gluten-freeTo follow up on a previous post, the cosmetics industry is one that overlooks its effects on the gluten sensitive. As I mentioned before, not all Celiac’s have topical reactions to gluten, but for many, skin rashes are a painful reminder of their disease.

Recently a Missouri legislator has been advocating for a bill that would require manufacturers and wholesalers of ALL hygiene products (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, etc.) to clearly state on their label whether or not they are gluten-free. This would be a huge step in the gluten-free awareness and labeling, as even food products do not have to advertise “gluten-free” (they do have to clearly list if they contain wheat in the ingredients, but a “gluten-free” stamp is not currently the required label).

A primary piece of evidence in their crusade towards gluten-free labeling comes from study published by George Washington University. The research found a strong association between gluten reaction that comes specifically from wheat germ oil, which is often used in commercial bath products to produce vitamin E.

Though the bill is currently pending before the state’s House Health Care Policy Committee, this could have a huge effect not just on the labeling of hygiene products, but could set a precedent for other gluten and allergen related legislation yet to come.

What is your experience with gluten-free bath products? Are your symptoms topical as well as gastrointestinal?

4 thoughts on “Getting Political About Gluten-Free”

  1. In addition to a few specific cosmetics type allergies (lavender, for instance), I do have a topical reaction to gluten, but only on my face, scalp, and hands. This legislation would certainly take the guesswork and chance out of buying shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes! I’m all for it. I very much dislike feeling like I’m playing an expensive game of Russian roulette when I have to buy personal care products.

  2. I have had chronic uticaria, a chronic hives condition from about one year after I was “accidentally” tested for celiacs. Blood work for diabetes was placed in wrong spot and tested for gluten reaction, came back positive, then found out about celiacs. One year later was braking out in hives head to toe that no doctor understood. Once I changed diet completely and started reading labels on everything, including lotions etc, hives decreased to almost nothing then none with allergy pills for 3months. Interestingly, I have started reacting to polyester in the past year, a chemically processed plastic in almost everything! But staying careful in fabrics, foods, and hygiene products has helped control health.

  3. My DH started on my hands before spreading to normal areas, by the time I was Dx’d it went from upper thighs to ankles, whole buttocks and upper arms to fingertips.
    After I went GF, I couldnt figure out why my fingers wouldnt clear up. Then I found that Vitamin E (From wheat) was in my shampoo. Switched shampoo and my fingers finally cleared up. Now I just get some blisters on my hands occasionally after shopping.

  4. oops, forgot to add, when I ingest gluten I have neurological and mental symptoms(within 15min) as well as gastroenologic symptoms(within 2 hours), the blisters forms about 24hours later, so know am not ingesting gluten.

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