Are cosmetic and hygiene products gluten-free?
Some cosmetic products can contain gluten. A look at the list of ingredients can reassure you: if ingredients appear with names like Triticum (wheat, for example Triticum aestivum, Triticum vulgare), Hordeum (barley), Secale cereale (rye), Triticum spelta (spelt) or Avena (oats) then the product most likely contains gluten. Once again: be careful but do not panic. It is best to only use gluten-free products for your face and mouth. The German coeliac disease association (DZG) recommends caution with facial creams, make-up or products for facial cleansing. Because this is a fact: cosmetic companies are not obliged to declare whether gluten or other allergens are contained in the products. There is no danger with products for purely exterior usage (shampoos, shower gel, body cream). Care needs to be taken, however, with children as there is the danger of swallowing; in this case it is best to completely avoid cosmetic products containing gluten.