Gluten-Free Body Lotion – Hidden Gluten & Symptoms

No matter what age, we all want healthy and radiant skin. I’m a bit of a product junkie and it feels like every time I walk into the drug store, Ulta, or shop online, I’m trying out the beauty realm’s latest and greatest. Not only am I looking for something that will turn back the clock, but I’m reading labels to scope out which lotions are gluten-free.

There’s been quite an ongoing controversy within the gluten-free community about gluten in food versus gluten in personal care such as lotion, hair products and cosmetics. Many argue that those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance don’t need to worry about what we put on our bodies. After using personal care products that contained hydrolyzed wheat protein, my daughter and I both wholeheartedly disagree (our skin did too!).

Think of the range of trans-dermal patches used to administer medication (like the nicotine patch and treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression). The medication is absorbed through the skin. It’s a proven fact. So it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re choosing not only body lotions, but other personal care products as well. Read on for potential symptoms, my personal story, and details on several body lotions that are gluten-free. 

Keep reading those labels (yes, I know I sound like a broken record). At the time of this article, the above body lotions are gluten-free. However, formulas and ingredients can change, so always check before you apply. Your skin will thank you.

Sharing is caring! Have you had a reaction to gluten in body lotions or other cosmetics? What happened? What’s the best gluten-free lotion you’ve used? Share the good, the bad and the not so lovely with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below. Cheers to smooth skin!



Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.

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