Johnson and Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a pharmaceutical and healthcare company that personal care products for regular consumer use. Their brands and products can be found in many drugstores, pharmacies, and supermarkets. I originally emailed Clean & Clear to ask about a particular face wash I was using, but Johnson & Johnson answered me (I hadn’t realized C&C was part of them) with a general response about their products:

Wheat gluten is only used in a few hair and skincare products from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.  Cosmetics are required to use standardized labeling to list the ingredients. If a product contains wheat or wheat gluten as an ingredient, you will find one of the following names in the label list:

• hydrolyzed wheat gluten
• triticum vulgare (wheat) gluten
• triticum vulgare (wheat) gluten extract
• hydrolyzed wheat protein
• triticum vulgare (wheat) germ protein
• potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
• palmitoyl hydrolyzed wheat protein

This is really useful not just for their products but for others as well. Keep your eyes out for these ingredients in any product not specifically marked gluten free.

Johnson & Johnson’s personal care companies include:

  • All of their baby care products
  • Aveeno
  • BEBE
  • Clean & Clear
  • Lubriderm
  • Neutrogena
  • ROC
  • Rogaine

Check out their website for the full list, which extends into wound and oral care.

It seems to me that if one of the above listed ingredients isn’t in a J&J product, it doesn’t have gluten. They didn’t say anything about cross-contamination in making their products, so I would be wary of that.

Overall, this is a case-by-case decision. In my case, I don’t use their products anymore because I found gluten free ones that worked better for my skin. I think their clarity of what to look for in their products makes them more trustworthy, but the ultimate decision is up to you on this one.

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