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    Quote Originally Posted by aschmidy View Post
    I found that once I realized I was reacting to using PG juice and switched to VG, I was still itching and breaking out and had dry red flaky patches and sore teeth and peeling nails until I got rid of ALL the PG. The lotion I was putting on had PG in it and was making it worse. The bubblebath I was soaking in. My shampoo, conditioner, makeup, shaving lotion, handsoap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste the list was endless! But none of the problems went away or improved until I eliminated ALL of the PG. Not just the PG juice. It seems to build in my system and I was overloaded.

    Well I'm not reacting unusually, but occasionally (even before vaping) I do. I'm pleased to learn that PG is indeed in shampoo, conditioner, soap, hand sanitzer, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
    It's easy for people to be allergic to the whole bathroom, it seems .

    So, basically, PG found its way to everyhting, and vaping is just the last straw for several people here and there. But the last straw is actually more like a needle in a haystack. PG has been the whole haystack, and I wonder if simply bringing the haystack under control will allow sensitive people to vape .

    Whatever the solution, be warned, I'm afraid that going back to smoking is not any better, as PG is also used in snus, tobacco products, cigars, and so many things.

    My question is this, what are some bathroom products/brands that some of you have found so far to be without PG(PG is a huge family, btw), that are better to use? Please specify, as this can immediately start helping the few who are sensitive to it . (Also dtergent brands, food brands, etc.)

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    I started itching as well. Started a few months after I started vaping. I told my doctor about the itching and he prescribed hydroxyzine. I take 1 a day and am not itching, but if I stop taking it for a few days, I start itching all over.

    I hope there is a solution to this, I don't want to keep taking drugs so I can keep vaping.

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    I tried all the mild, sensitive products first, but they are still a long shot as far as pg goes. The whole Burt's Bees line is all pg free, shampoos, conditioners, bodywashes, soaps,etc. The Organics and the Neways cosmetic lines. Downey free and sensitive and All free and clear laundry products. Some, but not all softsoap liq. handsoaps. Some of the GermX hand sanitizers and palmolive dishsoaps. Sensodine isoactive gel in the can for toothpaste. I read a LOT of labels. I don't use anything that has a glycol or PEG listed, usually it will have glycerin instead.
    All haircoloring has pg and lots of it but a girl has to do what a girl has to do.
    As far as food, anything frosted. Yogurt, mayonaise, salad dressings. Again I just read a lot of labels. My stomach will tell me if I missed it.
    Medicines, most gelcaps have pg, the only pain reliever I have found that doesn't have pg is Bayer aspirin. a bunch of the prescription meds do. (I always wondered why I could never take the Zyban (?) to quit smoking-I paid $100 for that crap and was double over with a stomach ache within 2 days)
    Almost all asthma medicines have pg. After 5-6 weeks with a nebulizer I was in bad shape. Ventolin and that whole line has pg. They finally found Advair and MaxAir that don't have pg, but do have lactose.
    I forgot to mention adhesives, surgery dressings, crown adhesives at the dentist, bandaids, etc.
    I'm sure there are more I forgot to list and some I have not found yet. But this is what I have found so far. I guess since I am sensitive to pg, I can see how I was overloaded. Hope it helps somebody else.
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    I just composed this message in another thread, but I'll paste it here, too.

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    I've been vaping for over six months now without issue. Mostly PG (tried VG and don't like it.)

    Then early last week I started to get breakouts (redness, bumps, itching) in spots all over my person, from palms to ankles. The issue lasted about 5 days. It's since gone away.

    Around that time, I was using a new-to-me flavor, peach. I discontinued that flavor on day one of the symptoms, thinking that might have been the catalyst for the rash. I'll keep the juice vendor anonymous until I'm more sure of my finding.

    Since then, it's been a problem-free week. I'll have to spot-test the Peach juice somewhere on my person again. I've been told dabbing some on an adhesive bandage and placing on the skin for a few hours is a good test. I will try it and report back.

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    edited sorry
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    Aschmidy, yes it will be so helpful. Thank you so much. I think that if sensitive people switch to those brands you mentioned, it may defininitely at least help the body when it comes to vaping with PG. What about deodorant? I have three deodorants (well, two brands), and all of them have PG. Has someone found a deodorant with no PG?

    All this info should definitely help our PG sensitive vaper friends.

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    I found a deodorant call Naturally Fresh, it advertises PG Free on the front of the bottle. I got it at Walmart.



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    Quote Originally Posted by aschmidy View Post
    I found a deodorant call Naturally Fresh, it advertises PG Free on the front of the bottle. I got it at Walmart.
    I didn't see any, except for one that you have to buy in a box, it says hypoallergenic, with aluminum zirconium or something. What about shampoos without PG, I wonder?
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    This is a roll on paraben/PG free, the label name is just "Naturally Fresh" with a blue cap, blue and green label. I know it's tough when you start reading labels, pg is in EVERTHING! The shampoos and conditioners I have found and stick with are all Burts Bees brand, the whole line is pg free, I have found that at Shopko? I did a lot of ingredients research online. Buy some products online, some I have found in stores. It's not easy.



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    Having had allergies to almost everything my entire life, here is what I can tell you.
    allergies are a building block type of thing. Its like this.
    I am allergic to tree pollen. all well and good, I may not react to it at all.
    But if you add roses to the mix at the same time, then add cats too, I will definately react big time. If you are overlloaded with a allergen you will react. Remove the roses and the cat and even though I am allergic to the tree pollen I may have no real reaction to it.
    I got a bit of a rash on my face from a reaction to pg . I narrowed it down to just one juice I was using and eliminated that one . No more rash. Turns out it wasnt the pg at all
    it was one flavor of juice.
    so before you assign all the blame to pg, think that it could be a flavoring too that is causing it.

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