Hi, life long sufferer of glycerin allergy. Over the years my allergy has become more severe, but it started with soaps and then progressed. I can't even eat food if it contains the smallest amount. Due to this allergy and a multitude of other food allergies I have almost completely stopped eating packaged foods. It's a pain but I cook all of my own meals. That's the safest way to insure that you wont poison yourself.
Speaking of, avoid potlucks and buffets. Or food offered by friends. They aren't trying to killing you, but they could.
Always read the label on everything and I mean everything. If you think that just because you've been using a product your whole life, you don't need to check the label, it could just be that you haven't had a reaction.
Example: Most brands of Worchestershire sauce contain anchovies, but when I got my fish allergy I checked everything in the fridge and the off brand I had didn't contain them, but the next brand I bought did.
So that's another thing to watch out for, cheaper products will sometimes omit preservatives like glycerin, and the more expensive items are usually filled with it. And ingredients can change by brand, so don't completely disregard a favorite food if you've only checked one brand.
And since you're new to looking for glycerin on labels here are a few of the derivatives you should watch out for: Mono- and Diglycerides, glycerin, glycerine, glycerol, glyceryl, polyglycerol esters of fat, triglycerides, E442 (As a food additive)
Questions to ask youself when shopping: Is it baked? Does it contain chocolate or vanilla? Is this a product you refrigerate only after
opening? (ex: velveta) If so, these products are probably loaded up with glycerin.
You'll have trouble finding bread, so check bakeries in the area to see if any of them are preservative free.
Do not use laxitives or stool softeners ever. Those are like pure glycerin. As for other drugs, avoid capsules, liquid cold medicine, suppositories, ear infection remedies, most eye drops, and some lozenges. Check with your doctor before getting anesthesia. And for all medication worries use Rxlist.com. You can check the ingredients for just about
And considering glycerin is a common pill coating, you need to.
E-cigarettes contain glycerin, and can be released through second-hand "smoke" by others using the E-cig. Regular cigarettes also contain glycerin to hold the tobacco together and prevent clumping, and also in the filters.
Beauty products: If it says moisturizing, that's usually a sign that its gonna contain glycerin, but not always. I stick to bare minerals makeup. And I usually only use things that can brush on, I never use liquid foundations or liquid eyeliner. Most pencil makeups are safe. And eyeshadow is usually ok. Lipstick and mascara are harder to find. I suggest using the cheaper product theory here and buying dollar store mascara. The cheaper made, the less likelihood of preservatives.
Personally for toothpaste I use baking soda, but I'm sure you can find a toothpaste with a better flavor out there, but most stores don't carry them.
In the event that anyone needs to find a safe lubricant to use, Ky Intrigue silcone lube is a good product. Most water and all oil based lubes contain glycerin.
As for shampoo which seems to be the question on everyones mind, I use a shampoo bar from Lush (http://www.lushusa.com/). Request a lush catalog from the website, they have great vegan products, which is sometimes the best way to get glycerin free products. And the catalog contains an ingredient list next to items. But if you really wanna be sure, ask for help from someone on the website.
Sadly, you can't get a tattoo. If you have one, you may have to have it removed. To the best of my knowledge and research, I haven't been able to find a tattoo ink that I can use. Even vegan. Because they are just made with synthetic or vegetable glycerin.
Candles: I have a pretty good detector to see if I can or cannot be around a specific candle. Before lighting it, I sniff it and wait a few seconds, and if it contains glycerin, my nose starts to itch. This works with lotions too.
And my last bit of advice is find a local health food store. You can find allergy friendly food, and perhaps get some tips from an employee. That was how I found egg / nut/ dairy free
I hope this helps.
Post Edited (Psyclops) : 10/5/2012 7:12:05 AM (GMT-6)