Gluten-Free Sunscreen Frequently Asked Questions
No! Not all sunscreen or SPF is gluten-free. Sunscreen could contain wheat, hydrolyzed wheat protein, etc.
Using gluten-free sunscreen or SPF is a must for those with Celiac disease, severe gluten intolerance, or sensitive skin. Those sensitive to gluten may experiences rashes, dermatitis, or other skin problems as a result of using a sunscreen that is not gluten-free.
Picture this, you’re at the beach, it’s hot and sticky; what are the chances that you are going to apply sunscreen to yourself or your children, and then immediately wash your hands? Chances are you’ll forget and then eat a snack. Remember, if it’s on your face or hands, there is a chance for it to go in your mouth. Using gluten-Free sunscreen significantly reduces the risk of skin irritation and accidental ingestion.
2019 List of Gluten-Free Sunscreen
Designed to be Paraben Free, PABA Free, Dye Free, Alcohol Free & Gluten Free. Broad Spectrum. Water Resistant (80 minutes). Not tested on animals.
All sunscreens from Badger Balm are certified gluten-free with the exception of SPF 25 Rose and SPF 25 Rose Tinted Sunscreens which are filled in a facility that also processes wheat and gluten materials on the same machinery.
All Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen formulations are gluten-free with no wheat proteins found in any of the products.
California Baby products are rigorously allergy tested and free of gluten, soy, dairy, and nuts (except coconut).
Kiss My Face
The Kiss My Face Website states all products are gluten-free.
100% Natural/Organic, Paraben-Free, Cruelty-Free, and Gluten-Free.
Rocky Mountain Sunscreen
Gluten free and is available in strengths up to SPF 70. In addition to being gluten free sunscreen, it’s also hypoallergenic, moisturizing and greaseless.
Gluten-Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free, Cruelty Free, and Vegan.
Vanicream tests all products and no presence of gluten has been detected. Products are considered “Gluten-Free” based on the FDA proposed guidelines in foods labeled gluten-free.
The below sunscreens do not have gluten containing ingredients but the company has not confirmed their gluten-free status:
Babo Botanicals products are gluten-free with the exception of their SPF 40 Daily Sheer Sunscreen, which contains Wheat Protein. Products are not yet GF certified because manufacturing partners are not certified gluten free.
According to Coola’s website many of their products are Gluten-Free, with the exception of the Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum, Dry Oil Mist, SPF30 Rosilliance BB+ Creams, and Mineral Sport SPF30 Citrus Mimosa Lotion. Suppliers may share manufacturing equipment and facilities with gluten containing ingredients.
Products do not contain gluten but there is no statement on manufacturing standards.
The company states, “With the exception of Tinted Face the Day, our sunscreens do not contain gluten or wheat-derived products. The xanthan gum we use in our sunscreens is sometimes fermented from wheat, but our supplier has tested for the allergen in this ingredient and none remains after processing. However, we are not a gluten-free facility and our products have not been tested to be gluten-free. For those with a gluten sensitivity (or any allergy or sensitivity), we recommend trying our sunscreen on the inside of your elbow 24 hours prior to use to make sure it works for you.”
Nature’s Gate did not have any information on their website confirming or denying their gluten free status.
All formulas are gluten-free but they aren’t manufactured in gluten-free facilities. Company does state that the risk of cross-contamination is low.