PG Intolerance

PG Intolerance: Recognising the symptoms and what you can do about it

Adam WinterHealth Guides 34 Comments

One member of the team here at Vaping Hardware is unable to vape Propylene Glycol (PG) based e-liquid due to a suspected PG intolerance.

Interestingly, this PG intolerance didn’t present itself until 12 months after he’d started vaping and very nearly ended his vaping journey!

Thankfully, he’s a persistent fellow. Not to mention incredibly handsome, with a wonderful personality and fantastic sense of humour to boot…

Ok, you got me. I’m PG intolerant. Sensitive. Allergic. Whatever you choose to call it, I can no longer enjoy the flavour enhancing benefits of PG.

If I so much as look at PG the wrong way, I get a nasty red rash which spreads across my upper body and face, coupled with swollen gums and VERY dry skin.

It’s not a pretty sight!

BUT… all is not lost!

Using VG based flavourings and nicotine combined with Aqueous Vegetable Glycerine (AVG) I was able to avoid using PG altogether and enjoy vaping with little to no negative side effects.

But it’s apparent that PG intolerance is all too common among vapers and some may not even know they have it!

So let’s have a look at what PG is, what symptoms you may have if intolerant and how you can enjoy the full vaping experience without using it.

What is Propylene Glycol?


Propylene Glycol (PG) is a clear, odourless and almost tasteless liquid classified by the chemical formula C3H802. It’s made up of eight hydrogen atoms, three carbon atoms and two oxygen atoms (have I lost you yet?…) and is classified as ‘generally recognised as safe’ for ingestion.

Which is pretty handy, because PG seems to crop up in almost everything. Just check the ingredients in your shampoo, your toothpaste, the medicine in your bathroom cabinet or even the antifreeze in your shed! You might be surprised to know it’s also used as a humectant (or moisture preserver for us laymen!) in certain foods and tobacco products. PG is even reported to have anti-bacterial properties; the list goes on and on.

As well as a humectant, PG is also used as a general preservative, emulsifier and a solvent. It’s completely soluble in water and is often used as a delivery vehicle for topical lotions, creams etc. Certain medications also contain PG; serving as a way to help your body more efficiently absorb the drugs. In short, you have almost certainly used PG at some point prior to vaping.

Why do we use PG in e-liquid?

As we all know, the e-liquid we vape is commonly some mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavourings and nicotine. VG typically provides the thick dense vapour ideal for those cloud chasers, whereas the PG is used to provide a ‘throat hit’ to simulate the feeling we get when smoking tobacco. PG is also a great flavour carrier, which is why it’s more common for flavourings and nicotine to have a PG base.

PG also has a thinner consistency than VG and is more easily absorbed by the wick in your coil. I’d tried vaping 100% VG when I first discovered PG was my kryptonite; easy enough on your standard RDA but ‘dry hit city’ on any of the many tanks I owned at the time! The thinning effect of adding PG to the mix also means you’re less likely to ‘gunk’ up your coil.

Personally speaking, I used to vape using a 50/50 mix of PG and VG. At the time, unaware of my intolerance to PG, this seemed like the perfect mix; great flavour and thick vapour. Alas, my body decided otherwise and symptoms of PG intolerance slowly began to appear.

What’s the difference between a PG intolerance and a PG allergy?

They’re spelt differently…

Just kidding.

A ‘true’ allergy is a reaction triggered by the immune system and is actually quite rare. The immune system will incorrectly perceive the PG as a threat and produce antibodies as a result. With repeated exposure, histamine and other bio-chemicals are released and it’s these that cause the allergy symptoms.

However, PG intolerance is thought to be relatively common. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 10 people will experience some type of reaction, however slight, to PG. And to further complicate things, the symptoms of a PG allergy are likely to present themselves in much the same way as an intolerance to PG.

However, because PG is found in so many different products, you’d likely be aware of a serious PG allergy well before taking your first vaping hit. As opposed to a PG intolerance, which is more likely to appear gradually over time with sustained use.

Symptoms of a PG intolerance

PG Intolerance Symptoms

So now we know what PG is, why we use it in our e-liquid and what the word humectant means… But how do you know if the symptoms you’re experiencing are due to a PG intolerance you ask? Well, the most common symptoms are as follows:

1. Skin irritation

For me, this was the biggest sign that something in my e-liquid was causing me problems. In fairness, vaping had always seemed to dry out my skin, but this was something different. A few months in I noticed the t-zone on my face was unusually dry and flaky. Thinking nothing of it, I used to smother my face in Vaseline and forget about it. However, by the time I’d hit the 12 month mark my chest and face were red, burning and itchy.

Naturally, it took a while to actually make the connection that PG was the culprit. But once I did, I switched to 100% VG e-liquid and voila! In the great words of Yoda; resemble a sunburnt tomato no more you will!

2. Upper respiratory tract irritation

This is a tricky one, because almost all new vapers are likely to experience some general throat irritation and dryness. This is due to one simple fact; tobacco smoke contains substances specifically designed to reduce throat and lung irritation and vapour does not. Inhaling anything will always cause some type of reaction and those new to vaping may have a sore throat for a few days/weeks.

However, if you experience a painfully sore throat which persists past these initial few weeks, it may indicate PG intolerance. This wasn’t something that ever bothered me much at the time to be honest. But if I use PG now, within a couple of hours I can feel the effects on my throat and upper chest.

For me, these were the two most obvious symptoms. However, a PG Intolerance may also present itself in the following ways:

·         Sinus problems

·         Nausea

·         Numbness of the face or tongue

·         Breakout of hives

·         Headaches

It’s important to note, those new to vaping may also experience many of these symptoms due to tobacco cessation. This is because nicotine creates a chemical dependency, which means your body has developed a need for that level of nicotine to be maintained.  If that need is not met, your body will start the process of withdrawal. The easiest way to differentiate between PG intolerance and tobacco cessation is to just stop vaping for a few days. If your symptoms disappear, it’s possible you were experiencing a reaction to the PG in your e-liquid.

So what’s the solution to vaping without PG?

Vape With Vegetable Glycerin If You Have A PG Intolerance

The most obvious choice is to switch to pre-made 100% VG e-liquid, which is exactly what I did to begin with. Back in the earlier days of vaping, high VG e-liquid was basically unheard of, with most vendors mixing at 80% PG. But over the last several years, as vaping has become more popular, more and more vendors are selling high VG, max VG and even PG alternative e-liquid.

It has to be said though; we VG enthusiasts are still trailing far behind our PG counterparts. In terms of availability and choice of flavours, not only is it far from balanced, it’s heavily weighted in favour of PG e-liquid. This is never more evident than at any of the UK vaping festivals. The team here at Vaping Hardware descend en masse on as many events as possible. And as much as I love spending time connecting with the vaping community, it’s always a disappointment to see the total lack of VG e-liquids available.

What other choice do I have?

The whole team here at Vaping Hardware prefer to mix our own e-liquid, for several reasons. Not only is it far cheaper than buying pre-made juice, but we all love experimenting with new mixes and flavours. There’s nothing quite like going full mad scientist, face mask, rubber gloves and optional maniacal laugh. However, the biggest hurdle in my anti PG journey was attempting to mix my own 100% VG e-liquid.

The first problem I had was finding VG based flavour concentrates. Only a very small handful of vendors seemed to supply it and more often than not the reviews were poor, citing issues with flavour strength. I also found many, if not all of these, turned out to be ‘organic’ or alcohol based flavourings. I did buy several of these flavours from a vendor in the US and while I found the flavour to be exceptional, the symptoms I’d experienced didn’t clear. So I can only assume that something in the concentrates didn’t agree with me. If you’re PG intolerant and have used these alcohol based flavourings with success, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

One of the few genuinely PG free vendors that stood out for me was  (who supplies the Kandi Hed VG range of concentrates) – purely due to their range of flavours and the reasonable price per bottle. I’ve ordered from them many times since and never been disappointed, although it has to be said, the flavour will not be as pronounced with VG based flavourings and you’ll need to use up to 25% flavour in your mix.

What else you’ll need to mix 100% VG e-liquid

Once you’ve sourced your VG based concentrates, you’ll need to buy your nicotine. For obvious reasons, this will have to be VG based and fortunately this isn’t as difficult to come by as the flavourings. A quick Google search will reveal plenty of vendors!

And last but not least, I would highly recommend you purchase some Aqueous Vegetable Glycerine (AVG). This is simply VG pre-mixed with 10% pharmaceutical grade distilled water. Pure VG is incredibly thick and just won’t wick properly in your chosen RTA/RBA. For me, AVG was the final piece of the anti-PG puzzle and altered the viscosity of the mix enough to make for the perfect DIY 100% VG e-liquid.

So there you have it folks, my PG intolerance story from start to finish. If you’ve been struck by PG intolerance as well then we hope this article has helped you. If there’s anything you’d like to add then feel free to comment below!

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Comments 34

  1. Hi, thanks to forums like this I realized that I too am PG intolerant. When I first started vaping, I was rather sloppy with the vape juice, getting it on my hands, and doubtless touching other skin. The reaction was rough red rings around puffy eyes, and patches on my face. Years before I remembered having the same reaction to a Nivea eye make up remover -and clearly my skin remembered that. I switched to VG flavourless for vaping, also going nickel-free (steel) as I knew I reacted to nickel similarly. The only combi for me is the clunky Smok vape machine.

    I then realized that PG was also in my deodorant, as I started getting sore red patches in my armpits too despite having used the same brand for years without trouble. On checking, I found PG was in my moisturiser, shampoo and a lot of makeup too. I went through my whole cosmetic stash and threw out everything with PG. I am now very careful with what I buy, being lucky to find one German brand (Dado Sens) for deo, moisturiser and liquid makeup that is PG-free, and a new Dutch shampoo brand (Oolaboo). I don’t seem to react to Butylene Glycol which is used as an alternative to PG in many cosmetic products.

    So far so good. I hope this is helpful to others and will encourage producers to dispense with PG.

    1. Hi Becky, thanks for sharing you’re own experience and glad you found our article helpful. As you’ve pointed out it’s surprising just how much PG is used in other things. Pleased to hear you identified your intolerance to PG and were able to continue vaping.

  2. Hi Richard.

    Thank you for this article!

    My story so far has been rather terrible. Many years ago I switched over to vaping. First cigg-a-likes … the pods emptied fast and some burnt liquid came out, which I licked off. Bad idea as I soon (3 weeks in) had raised, sore taste buds at the tip of my tongue. Ordered some tanks and liquids but at that point my body was in a tailspin fighting this newly introduced method to quit smoking.

    The problem became worse, as it my tongue became super inflamed, red all over, no healthy covering, would stick to my palette and gums from being so dry. But the worst was still to come, as my tongue started to open into fissures. Deep, painful. Even water burnt it.

    Tongue also swelled up, as was evident of the indentations my teeth left on the side of it. Yeah. It was bad.

    Had to go back to smoking. Sadly. It cleared in a few weeks.

    Started vaping again about 2 weeks ago. Disposables and now Novo 4. Allwas fine but am starting to experience the onset of previous problems again. Back to smokes for now.

    This may be PG related.

    Plan of action: got some lab grade VG and distilled water. Will test vaping this in a week (or when all is cleared up). If symptoms do not return I will order some VG-based flavors* and Nic Salt shots*, as I determined to get off tobacco … one way of another.

    * have to order from South Africa as vape shops here in Namibia are not well stocked in DIY materials.

    Have bookmarked this article and will report back. Nobody is unique and there may be more people with similar experiences and could find it helpful.

    Richard, do you think my issues could be PG related and my testing method is valid?

    Thanks again.

    1. Hi Nico, thanks for your detailed description and sorry to hear about the issues you’re having. This could well be a PG intolerance problem or it may be a particular brand/flavour of e-liquid you’re using. The only way to pinpoint what the exact cause is to do what you’re doing by eliminating the PG in your mix and see if the condition goes away. Do the same with the brand/flavour if eliminating PG doesn’t make any difference. Unfortunately it’s about trying a few things to identify which one causes the problem.
      I’ve had similar issues when I was testing disposables, my facial skin became red and flaky. When I stopped and went back to just vaping my diy e-liquid the redness and dry skin cleared up. Anothed time I started to use store-bought juice and found 1 brand started to give me mouth ulcers. Changing the brand rectified the issue.
      Please let us know how you get on and if you manage to identify what’s causing your condition.

  3. Hmmm now I’m wondering if my issues with prickly/itchy skin is down to PG, I’ve been using 70pg to 30vg ration for 11 years, it’s been 2 years of having this skin problem, I’ve kept food/weather diaries but couldn’t find triggers. I am wondering though, some days I don’t have it and still vape on those days which is why I never thought it could be the vape? Did you have some days where you were ok or was it every time you vaped.

    1. Hi Charley, one team member is PG intolerant and gets a reaction nearly everytime he vapes PG. I on the otherhand have been vaping 50/50 for about 8yrs with no issues until about a year ago when I started getting dry red skin on my face. This coincided with buying certain shortfills and reviewing disposables.
      I found the sweetners in the e-liquid caused the problem, once I switched back to my diy mixing the problem went away.
      Have you changed your e-liquid brand or flavors since you noticed the problem? Try reducing your PG levels slightly, maybe 50/50 to start with and monitor the flavors/e-juice your using to see if its certain ones that trigger your problem. Also drink plenty of water as this will stop any dehydration. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your question. AVG is fairly common and can be purchased from quite a lot of e-liquid retailers. Let us know what country your located in and we can recommend some good suppliers.
      We get ours from Favourart, Decandent Vapors or The E-Cig Shop here in the UK.
      You can also buy normal VG and dilute it with around 10% Distilled Pure Water which is all AVG is. Hope this helps.

      1. Thanks for the reply! I’m in Canada. Still searching but wondering if I can just buy the lab grade distilled water and mix my own?

        1. Hi Karen, you’re very welcome. I’m not familiar which stores in Canada would sell AVG. In reply to your question, yes you can. While AVG is fairly easy to source here in the UK, one team member here often uses VG and dilutes it with 10% lab grade distilled water when mixing his own.
          Start of with 10% dilution and tweak it + or – depending on the type of coils you’re using. Small wicking port coils may require a slightly higher % (15%) so the viscosity of the final mix is not too thick.
          Our e-liquid calculator caters for thinning down the VG liquid so you can calculate the exact mix you require.

  4. Thank you all for sharing. Thought I was crazy getting that lump in my throat, rash around mouth and eyelids, feeling achy. Thinking I felt better on cigs and went back to the stink. But I am really looking for a ready-to-buy VG only mix, even a disposable vape with this mix already in it. Mint flavor is my fave. Might use a drop of essential oil. Busy working mom, looking for ease. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Simone, sorry to hear that. It definitely sounds like you’re suffering from a PG intolerance! I don’t know of any 100% VG disposables I’m afraid, and to make matters worse my favourite VG flavor concentrate vendor (247Vape) have closed down! I wouldn’t recommend adding essential oil to your e- juice as this could potentially be hazardous to your health. If I find a vendor of quality VG based flavor concentrates I’ll be sure to update the post. In the meantime perhaps unflavoured AVG would be your best option. Let us know how you get on! All the best and Happy Xmas!

  5. It’s not just me then !
    Last time I gave up stinkies I was vaping for 2 yrs , maybe closer to 3 before my skin turned to hell & I started getting a rash all over my belly & chest . I was making my own juice by then. I’d read every forum going.

    When I started vaping everything was disposable 510 batteries & clearomisers ,it then progressed to small tanks with 510 tips.There still weren’t many vape shops around at that point.

    I read about PG sensitivity. I started upping the VG ratio to 70/30 – 80/20 & the rash improved a bit .Eventually I still felt like something was affecting my skin a bit , an itchy clogged feeling so I ended up going back to cigarettes.

    After a few years back on those my gums were on fire & I knew I had to give up again .
    Back to vaping ….
    By this time there are Vape shops everywhere & everything is standardised into Shortfills, Nic shots & multiple coil, juice guzzling sub ohm tanks.

    I bought a Nunchuku mod .
    I was feeling a bit lazy about mixing & having just given up tobacco I wanted something with a decent flavour so I just bought pre mixed short fills .

    I was ok for a while, maybe 3 mths this time , then the spots all over my belly came back along with this insane itching. I put up with it for a while until my whole inside left forearm broke out into this crazy mess of little spots .

    I thought ok I have to go back to mixing my own juice.
    I bought an 80/20 premixed base to add nicotine & flavour to .
    Along with a Drag 3 & a Smok Prince tank.
    This did improve the rash situation a bit but not totally.

    It occurred to me that compared to when I started vaping the first time round the use of these monster tanks tanks means the ingestion of a LOT more juice & I do tend to chain Vape when quitting.

    So for the first time I’ve just made a couple of batches of juice using only Aqueous VG & Nic .
    I’m so hyper aware of it at this point that I can tell the PG based strawberry flavour I’ve used at 25% in one mix isn’t a good idea for to me to Vape .
    The other one with just a few drops of Ry4 concentrate (still PG based ) isn’t as irritating.

    I used to pre-dilute my own flavour concentrates when mixing but again, LAZY these are pre dilute ones I’ve bought from Amazon.

    I’m giving it one last shot with the pure VG juice because I actually really like vaping & I don’t want to fall back into cigarettes, I’ve ordered a couple of flavours from the American site you posted & I’m going to see how I go with those in AVG , VG based Nic & a smidge of distilled water.

    I almost wish I could go back to the days of clearomisers & cartridges etc & cut down on the entire amount of materials consumed but I know the only thing that stands up to vaping VG is big sub ohm tanks or RTA’s ect…
    I wonder if anyone knows of a tank that guzzles less juice than this Smok but is still effective ?

    Anyway that’s my journey , Maybe it will help someone else & thank you for the link to the VG based flavours.


    1. Hi Simon,
      Thanks for sharing your vaping journey and experience’s while vaping with PG sensitivity. It really is more common than people realise and can manifest itself at anytime.

      One member here (Adam) is PG intolerant and can only vape 100% VG. Even using 10% PG in his mix brings on a rash. I’ve had the symptoms twice now but go after a few weeks. A 50/50 mix seems to keep it at bay for me.

      The good news is you’ve identified what’s causing your problem so removing PG from your mix should resolve the issues you’re having. Mixing your own e-liquid and vaping with VG Nic, VG flavours and AVG (VG with distilled water) should mean you can continue vaping with no problem.

      One point worth mentioning against your comment about Sub Ohm tanks and VG, high or Max VG pre-bought juices do tend to be a thick consistency so do require large wicking ports in the coils which tend to be the high power sub ohm tanks. When mixing with AVG or VG with distilled water, the overall consistency is a lot thinner so can be used in the majority of tanks, even clearomisers or pods and shouldn’t cause any dry hits.

      For reference, Adam has been using the Smok Nord 4 pod, the Vinci X pod and the Smok RPM 80 pod for well over a year now with 0% PG in his mix with no more symptoms and no issues with the coils. Also they are lower powered devices so don’t tend to drink the e-liquid but still give a really good vape.

      Your Smok Prince tank and many others do drink the e-liquid, especially at the higher wattage settings. I’m using the Freemax Fireluke 22 tank and a Geekvape Cerberus tank at the moment and they give a really good vape and doesn’t guzzle the juice either.

      Do be aware that VG based flavour concentrates don’t carry the flavour as well as when diluted in PG so do require a higher percentage of concentrate to taste the flavour, typically around 20%.

      Good luck Simon and hope you get on with your VG flavours and AVG mix. Main thing is you keep off the cigarettes.

  6. Hmmm, I just found this I have been vaping a lot more than I used to. And all the sudden I have developed very itchy skin. It is making me crazy thinking I have bugs I look all over no bugs, I thought it was my laundry detergent. They say you can develop allergies. So it may be the pg huh? I’m gonna stop vaping and see if it goes away. I have very dry skin all of the sudden tons of flakes in my ears. I have headaches bad I also have had a bad sore throat to where I was losing my voice. I also have a small rash on my arms and legs. Pg may not be the culprit but it is now a string suspect that the detergent or dryer sheets its one of the 3 I hope its not the pg since I just spent 100s in vape juice and tons of supplies to make my own.

    1. Hi Michael, thanks for the comment. The symptoms you mention could certainly be a reaction to the PG in your e-juice. And yes, unfortunately the allergy or intolerance can spring up seemingly out of nowhere. I was vaping for about a year before I started experiencing the symptoms of PG intolerance. I would definitely recommend mixing your own e-juice – just be sure to mix 100% VG and see if your symptoms disappear. All the best

  7. Good article I’ve seen a couple of other people with the same symptoms as me not many for 3 years I kept getting sick ear infections sinis problems flaking skin hives cuts that wouldn’t heal a black ring around my right eye I don’t know if you have heard of that before muscle pain joint pain dehydrated constantly the list goes on I finally got to see a ent just before xmas and he ran a allergy test after and exam asked some lifestyle questions and 7 days latter I’m healthy again looking and feeling great but I hate vaping now I took some unused kit back to the shop today instantly started to sneeze when I walked in the shop

    1. Hi, I’m glad you finally identified the problem. It sounds like it’s been a pretty rough period of time for you. I’m symptom free after ditching the PG and switching to 100% VG/AVG so maybe you could try that. It definitely seems to affect a fairly large number of vapers!

  8. Thanks for this. I got the dry eyes, the hives and the heightened sense of pain because of pg. Took me a long time to figure out. I’ve been vaping for 7 years and the proplem has become worse. It took for me to completely stop and only vape flavorless VG and nic and sometimes try different aromas to figure it out. As soon as I use a pg aroma or a little pg, less than 10 percent in the mix, I start to itch like crazy, break out in hives. I got heightened pain censations in my body and I feel a low grade electric sting on my forehead, then feet. I’ve also had insane amounts of dandruff for a few years. Everything, aswell as the muscle pain got better pretty fast once I went flavorless, vg base vg nic. After 8 years, I’m down to 1mg nic per ml and I got like a litre with pg nic, lots of pg flavors and unused mods and tanks so that sucks, but thanks alot. I don’t want to quit. I will chek out the site you proposed. Just need to stay clear of the pg and I will be fine. I love vaping, so I would like to continue. I’ve been on vg for a week or to tryed different pg juices and the same thing always happens. “Thick” throat, hives, pain, and this strange electrical neurological issue. Thanks for the article. Been reading lots about a potential link the last years. Wasn’t before I went flavorfree and kept to strictly vg nic, I became sure.

    1. Thanks for the positive feedback. Glad you found the post helpful. Sorry to hear you’ve had such a bad experience – your story is pretty similar to mine, especially the fact your symptoms got worse with long-term use of PG. I’ve been PG free for a long time now and, like you, it only takes a few days of vaping PG for the symptoms to come flooding back. It’s funny you mentioned dry eyes as this is something I experienced the last time I attempted to re-introduce PG – it got so bad that even after I switched back to my usual e-juice I still suffered for several weeks before it disappeared completely. I still use the VG range of flavors I linked to and they’ve been a Godsend to be honest. Let me know what you think if you try them

  9. Yes, TY TY for this enlightenment! I thought I was alone. I’ve been vaping a couple years now and never had issues. But suddenly when something incredibly stressful happened in my life, I suddenly started getting hives on my lips. I noticed this happened mainly when I ate avocados (my kid is in fact allergic to avocado and latex, yes it’s a real thing lol) and assumed that was it. But now I get little hives frequently. I realized it must have something to do with the vaping liquid. Looked up PG allergy and found your blog. Voila it all makes sense now.

    I love vaping because it completely diminishes my need for cigs. But I believe I’m intolerant not allergic like yourself. However, I’ve never mixed my own vapes having only bought pods and pens so is it easy enough to buy and mix your own? I just have no idea and feel kinda silly asking in a smoke shop. Also, with the new flavor ban (which is ludicrous IMO) can you still buy fruity flavors to mix? I’m older and living proof flavored vapes aren’t just for kids!!!

    Again, thx for your insights. Hives, while annoying, aren’t life threatening with Zyrtec on hand but I should probably switch to non PG liquids just to be safe. As long as I can find a good vape device and good flavored mixes, I’d gladly learn to mix my own!

    Also thanks for the link to who you use now! 🙂


    1. Hi Krissy,

      I’m so glad you like the post and thank you for the positive feedback 🙂 It can be so frustrating when the answer to one big problem (how to quit the cigarettes), just causes another big headache! I had a similar experience to you and didn’t notice any problems with PG until a year after I’d started vaping! Hopefully now you’ve identified the cause you can start to look at ways to vape without PG.

      After you’ve learned the basics, mixing your own e juice really is simple! We actually have a complete guide to mixing e juice that walks you through all the steps you need to know to get started. We’ll also be writing a guide soon on how to specifically mix 100% VG e juice so check back with us soon for that!

      As I’m based in the UK I can’t be certain, but I’m fairly sure that flavored e juice concentrates can still be purchased in the US. A quick google search for e juice flavor concentrates will give you plenty of options for where to buy them. Failing that, you can always buy them from the site I recommended in the post as they do offer international shipping.

      Hope this helps Krissy and any more questions feel free to get in touch 🙂 Good luck with mixing your own e juice!

  10. hi i have been vaping for 2 years but in august changed to a aramax power device and using 70/30 mix juice but 120ml bottles and i vape all day so i will use that bottle a week but started getting a few itchy hives and recently got swelling and red burning skin which the doctor said was histamine intolerance but not sure if from vape juice or food any info on this please doctor said its neither but I’m not sure could it be the amount i vape or would this not make a difference and the hives etc could be due to something else im on antihistamines at the moment thanks x

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for the comment and sorry to hear you’re struggling. I know my own PG intolerance symptoms didn’t start to show until a year after I started vaping and at the time a histamine intolerance was one thing I considered. Obviously I’m no doctor but it might be worth you having a look at the ‘antihistamine diet’.

      If you suspect vaping may be the cause you could always stop for a week and see if your symptoms clear up. I did this myself and found the symptoms almost immediately started to disappear. It was then that I made the connection to PG intolerance and switched to 100% VG e-juice.

      Let us know how you get on!

    2. Well I have had to quit vaping all together, my skin is so bad the rash or hives a people are calling, where driving me crazy, so I thought I shall not vape for a couple of hours and see if this itching won’t be there well I vaped after 2 hours and the itching began so I gave it away immediately, omg I went to hell and back cause the rash which was there all the time cause people would say, ” have you been in the sun” when infact the PG was in my body and my skin was red on my chest and on my arms. so with haven given up for 4 weeks now and smoking again after 2 years of vaping the rash is very very slowly coming out of my body, the redness on my chest has gone and the redness on my arms have gone. But the rash just popping up on my arms and legs, and the only way I have stopped the itch that would keep me up allllll night is paw paw ointment has been an absolute godsend, it was only by looking through my box of tricks and after calamine lotion which was just making my itching work, I popped the paw paw on my arms and tried to sleep and then got up cause my arms weren’t itching so smothered my legs and for the first time in days I had comfort and slept and had to take a week off work cause I wasn’t sleeping, so please tell me how long will it take to feel normal and itch free. argh!!!!!



      1. Hi Cora, sorry to hear you’ve had to quit vaping! Believe me I understand how bad the itching and skin rash from PG allergy/intolerance can be! Although it sounds like you’ve experienced a particularly bad reaction! Calamine lotion is great for relieving the itch but obviously it’s only a short term fix. I also found anti-histamine tablets helped with the itch slightly. What e-juice were you vaping though Cora? More specifically, what VG/PG ratio were you vaping? Reading your comment, am I right in thinking you were vaping for approximately two years before the symptoms started? I’m not a doctor and obviously can’t give medical advice but personally I was able to eliminate my symptoms by switching to VG only e-juice. I mix with AVG which is just VG thinned with distilled water and I vape heavily with no symptoms now! Give it a try and let us know how you get on! All the best

  11. I have PG intolerance too but mine displayed itself as something continually stuck in my throat (i.e. Globus Sensation). Truly horrible and frighting.

    My throat was also very sore, dry and itchy. I couldn’t even eat for 2 months until I realized it was my ejuice.

    I switched to 100% VG and all is good in the world now.

    1. Hi Randy, thanks for the comment. Sorry to hear you had such a bad reaction to PG in your e-juice! The symptom you described sounds awful!

      It sounds like it could have been an allergy to PG rather than a PG intolerance. It would be interesting to know if you experience any issues with PG in other products? Shampoo, deodorant etc.

      Vaping without PG seemed to solve the skin rash symptom for me thankfully!

    2. thank you for posting this. I went to the doctors yesterday because it felt like I had a golf ball lodged down my throat, he check me out and said your throat looks a little irritated but nothing seems like it’s swollen. never would have thought I’d develop a PG allergy, but your symptoms are basically what I have.

      1. Hi Gerard,

        The symptoms you and Randy describe sound like textbook PG allergy! Hope making the switch to 100% VG e-juice solves the problem for you! I know my own symptoms of PG intolerance immediately started to clear up after making the switch. I’ve been vaping 100% VG e-juice since and never looked back!

  12. Thanks for sharing this. I’m a PG intolerant too. I decided to quit using vape because of these. Thanks for sharing info on how to vape without PG.

    1. Hi Jeremy, thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you had to quit vaping! It’s something I considered myself before learning how to mix without PG. If you decide to start mixing max VG – our e-liquid calculator will help get you started. Good luck!

  13. Good info in your write up, i’d like to see more people talking about it. I too have some issue with pg and it kept me from sticking with the vape when i started 8 years ago but now that 80/20 mixes are popular its a great time to vape.

    1. Thanks Joe, appreciate the feedback. We’ve got a ‘PG vs VG’ post coming soon that you may find interesting! Happy Vaping!

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