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    Gluten-free shampoo, facial cleanser, etc. - yes? no?

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    I'm wondering if it would be worth it to switch to gluten-free hair-care products, facial cleansers, toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap. Anyone here have any experience doing so? Did you notice any changes? Thanks in advance!
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    Well, I've used natural alternatives for these things -- honey, coconut oil, green or chamomile tea, apple cider vinegar, etc. It seemed to be basically fine, but I didn't notice any other real changes.

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    With the exception of toothpaste and mouthwash (I'd be more concerned about fluoride with these) you're not ingesting the product so gluten free should not matter.

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    Unless you have severe reactions to gluten, I don't think it would really matter.
    Although, since your skin is a rather large organ and it absorbs most anything that is put on it, if you have a sensitivity, it might be worth a try.
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    Where are grain proteins getting into these products? I'm not even aware of any that have gluten in them at all. Ever.
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    Shampoos, conditioners, hairspray and other hair care products frequently contain wheat proteins to help strengthen hair. Some have switched to soy or corn proteins but many still use wheat based products. I react to products with wheat in them. I get a rash where the product touches my skin. Since switching to a wheat/gluten free shampoo and conditioner, the rashes have gone away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackieKessler View Post
    I'm wondering if it would be worth it to switch to gluten-free hair-care products, facial cleansers, toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap. Anyone here have any experience doing so? Did you notice any changes? Thanks in advance!
    It's not just gluten; there are all kinds of ingredients that may be questionable in these products for all sorts of reasons. A bit like "commercial" food really.

    I think the best advice is to use as little in the way of "personal care" products and cosmetics as you're happy with. People got along for a very long time without, after all.

    As for what you DO use -- yeah, I would pay a little more. I do use Weleda toothpaste and some non-allergenic shampoo. There is a special non-aggresive products database. I haven't got the URL, but that well-informed and very nice podcaster at Underground Wellness has mentioned it in the past. You could find where he mentions it with a bit of judicious googling -- something like "underground wellness cosmetics" will probably find it.

    There's a paleo-cum-alternative health-cum-women's health blogger called Dr. Lo who likely has something, too. She's a little towards the chiropractic/vegetarian area rather than totally in the paleo camp. That stuff can be a bit zany and fringe, but there's probably something in some of it.

    Best I can do. As a male I use a little soap, toothpaste, and the occasional dab of shampoo on my very short hair. So I don't keep up with all this stuff.

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    The best thing to avoid are little plastic particles. These are killing the ocean and lakes. They go by names such as microbeads or exfoliants and tend to be in body washes and cleansers, but I've also seen shampoo with polystyrene and polyethelyne as an ingredient. This is plastic. I don't need plastic to wash myself, thanks. I'd way rather scrub my face with wheat berries than plastic microparticles and it would probably do a better job anyway.
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