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    Was on back of his neck and parts of chest and sides.

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    Thanks everyone. From what I'm reading in other forums and online sites, it looks like there is a commonality with allergic reactions to PG more than VG. As you may have read from other posts, there does seem to be a mild dehydration from vaping, and this can also lead to skin irritations and other issues/concerns.

    For the time being I have switched to a 100% VG. Going to stay on this for a week or two and see if I notice any change. I'll let you all know how the experiment is coming along.

    Tactical, I smoked for about 9 years, started at 31 in OIF1 and quit last year 1 JUN 2013. I have been vaping since, no smokes at all. I've never had a skin condition in my life, when I went through puberty, joining the Army, my 20s, nothing. I've always had good skin (I know, I'm one of the lucky ones, but do to my Pacific Islander roots, I think I got good skin)...anyway, yeah, never had an issue before smoking, while smoking, but now into vaping. After about 2 months of vaping, I started to notice the breakouts, primarily on the back of my neck. Not so much my face or anything, just totally my neck and lower scalp.

    So, this is just a test to see if I'm having reactions to PG...till next time...
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    One thing that I have noticed, and my friend that vapes too, has noticed, is that my skin does seem more oily. His too. What product in e-liquid could cause this? PG or VG?

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    i would go see your medic.
    they are pretty hip to what goes around.
    your condition could be caused by anything,so don't take your advice from this forum
    from non-medical specialists.it could be a vaping related issue or herpes gotten from an
    improperly cleaned shaver or razor as you get frequent hair cuts.
    we can only speculate here.
    like i said medics are pretty hip to things.
    regard and thanks for your service.
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    [QUOTE=Tactical;11934708]
    As mentioned above, it is most likely your body purging itself of all the "other" chemicals you were smoking along with the tobacco (although I'm not a dermatologist or doctor). Cigarettes carry 4,000+ chemicals, so when you deprive your body of something it's used to getting, it's going to react. In most cases, it starts with expelling chemicals and other foreign bodies. Since the build up and chemicals are inside, they have to find a way out and the only way out is through your skin, short of throwing up and coughing it up (sorry to be graphic).

    100% agree with this comment,
    and as the skin is the biggest organ of elimination (yes it is considered an organ) this is the reason for the outbreaks,as your body attempts to clear itself out.

    You could try helping things along if you're so inclined by doing a 'detox' there are lots of natural plant type remedies available for this practice,anything that stimulates the liver/kidneys etc.Milk thistle is very good.
    I had quite a few problems with my liver after quitting, as it was attempting to get rid of 50yrs of toxic chemical build up,& as such was totally overloaded,but as you seem to be a lot younger you will no doubt find it easier.

    Whatever... give your body a helping hand,it will thank you later
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    Hey Patrick, I wanted to know how your experiment was going. I searched the forum for "acne" because I too have been having skin issues. My search brought me to your thread. Here is what's going on with me:

    August 2013-started vaping exclusively. NO SKIN issues. Not even a history of skin issues. Was vaping mostly PG juices.

    January 2014-started breaking out...REALLY bad. Break outs would occur on the apples of my checks and along my hair line up on my forehead. Even going further past the hairline into the scalp. Dandruff shampoo did nothing to help, my normal skin care regime did nothing to help.

    Also in Jan 2014-I started enjoying a couple of juices that are only made at 100% VG. It took me a month to make the connection, since I had no idea vaping or quitting smoking may cause skin issues. But just a couple days ago I stopped vaping the 100% VG juice, and my breakouts are clearing up and I'm starting to look like my old self again.

    Coincidence? Possibly. I'm almost too afraid to start vaping my beloved VG liquids again. Most of my regular juices are now at a 50/50 blend. So maybe it's really high VG causing my breakouts, or the particular flavor of the juice from the vendor I ordered. I don't know...I don't want the breakouts to come back!

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    Schmidt,
    Thanks for writing. Well, from what I have been studying and reading through, people can have reactions to both PG, VG, and the flavoring. Primarily what I have found out so far is, one of the ingredients in my vaping is causing my oil glands to become very active.

    As of right now, I have been clearing up for the last month and a half, but my skin still seems a bit more oilier than before. I'm not oily like a teenager going through puberty, but I can tell when my skin seems a different, I am 40 years old...lol.

    When I first started, I starting going off a few of the examples here in the thread. From what I'm discovering, I think I am having a reaction to PG. I started vaping pure VG right after my post, and stayed on pure VG (no flavoring for like 2 weeks). I haven't had a breakout or new rise in bumps since then. After about two weeks, I have been switching up my vapes (I used to vape only my one flavor, the one i liked was cinnamon red hots, Jamaican rum, and clove (called Atomic Fireball)). Oh, I have also reducedmy vaping by about 80%. I used to be sucking on this thing all day, like even at work, as we are allowed to vape inside. Now, I treat it like a cigarette, and only go outside to vape, maybe 5 min break, like we used to do. That may also contribute to my getting better.

    Anyway, I made some new liquids about 3 days ago (they are still steeping) with 80%VG/20%PG, same flavoring, and I will see how this goes. Like I said, my skins seems to have stopped breaking out for now, but still working through experiments. with your skin and issues like this, it takes weeks before you can see results, but so far I'm doing OK.

    The only thing I'm still trying to figure out is why my skin is still a bit more oily feeling than before I started vaping.

    But you are right, it could be one of the primary ingredients, VG or PG, or could be one of the specific flavorings you are using. Most of the flavorings are PG based. I'll continue to update this as I go. I'm more concerned about my skin returning to normal now. The breakouts have seemed to stop, but on the scalp, the redness seems to take FOREVER to go away. Remember, mine are not acne, on the back of my neck and back of my scalp, they seem more like follicitis or something. I can't "pop" these like zits (I know, gross), these are just like red bumps that appear, sometimes they get big like the size of a dime, and stay red, for a long time. I haven't had a breakout in like 6 weeks, not one new on pop up, but I still have the redness and minor rise in the skin of the ones on the back of my scalp. They are slowly going away, but just seems to take forever to go down.

    Iíll continue to report back when things change.

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    If you google and go onto smoking cessation forums, you'll find the condition you have among others. I say that because those forums aren't vaping-related... just stop smoking ones. I recommend, if you can, getting some Closys mouth wash from the drug store and swabbing the area morn and eve to keep any infection from setting in. Closys kills germs like Listerine but more of them so its better and safer for irritated skin.... no more irritating than water as it contains no alcohol. I say this because I've battled those those cysts you speak of on my back... not from smoking cessation though. Doc says some people just get them purging all kinds of systemic toxins. Some have been so bad they had to be cut out because they never came to the surface. Having had problems with them myself is how I discovered Closys. Good luck to you.
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