Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Yeah. Zits from quitting smoking. They're stupid zits that start appearing on the faces of otherwise perfectly normal looking adults who have recently quit smoking.

Why? How? WTF? You must be asking all these questions at once.

Me too. Like I need another symptom today. I'm grumpy, I'm tired and I'm hungry as a bear that just came out of hibernation. Ugh.

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Anonymous Johnny Bravo said...

Quitzits? Dude, WTF!

Sorry, I had to!

July 18, 2007 at 5:43:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Stan said...

NOOO, are you serious?

July 21, 2007 at 8:04:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After maaaany years of smoking I quit cold turkey almost two months ago - and got nothing but Acne! Forget the withdrawals & the deathly feeling of wanting one after dinner, this is by far the worst thing EVER about quitting smoking! I look like a teenager going through puberty. When the hell is this going to end?? I want my normal skin back!

January 12, 2008 at 3:25:00 AM EST  
Blogger Used to be kinda pretty said...

WOW, how come no one tells you this is going to happen when you quit smoking. I look like a teenager going thru puberty. I never even had zits in highschool. I also wonder how long this is going to last. I quit 3-3-08 and I am still on the patch. Is this going to go on and on until I am totally off nicotine?

April 24, 2008 at 4:27:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Chris said...

For me, it mellowed out after a few months.

This corresponded roughly with the timing of my calming down a little bit on the sweets.

I still start breaking out even now if I eat several donuts over a couple days, which didn't used to happen.

April 25, 2008 at 2:15:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Came across this website. I quit smoking on 7/4 and am still breaking out. Do you mean I have another month of this crap? I'm doubling up on my acne medication to help me through this, but like everyone else whose written, this is a major bummer.

August 30, 2008 at 1:55:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's anonymous again with an update...

well, it appears the worst of the attack of the quitzits is over. so for anyone out there suffering from this, the rage of pimples WILL subside. not pretty going through it, but it's far easier than treatments for lung cancer!

doubling up on acne meds did seem to help.

September 8, 2008 at 8:38:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG... Ok my sister metioned breaking out when she quit about 5 yrs ago...I have just quit cold turkey the week of Oct 7th 2008 and in addtion to being a major biotch (not like me at all) I have been noticing a lot of acne lately...It been about maybe 2 1/2 weeks that it has been bothersome...when is the worse over? Will it get much worse? This sucks!!

November 9, 2008 at 12:41:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe that acne is a form of detox from the body quitting cigs

March 3, 2009 at 5:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Adam said...

I've been cancer-stick free now for 2 weeks. I have a few extra pimples on my cheeks and forehead. Although, I am in the Army and its ALOT easier for me to do exercise since I have quit smoking. Even though acne looks bad on the outside, the internal health benefits greatly outnumber the temporary physical distractions (acne). Stay strong!

May 2, 2009 at 10:42:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Rahim K said...

I quit 01/01/09. i got zits after about 30 days. they started on my face went down my chest, i had no idea what they were. i started to take really long showers and that made them mostly go away. i still get them, its the only bad thing from quitting smoking. i think there is some nasty stuff that gets stuck in your skin when your a smoker.

May 5, 2009 at 1:40:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 10 - and experiencing pimples! They are so painful, like a sunburn.

August 21, 2009 at 10:05:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Karen said...

I have quit for almost 4 months now after smoking for over 20 years. I am breaking out like crazy it is horrible on my forehead, neck and chest. When does it end?

November 30, 2009 at 2:01:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Chris D said...

I had this problem, and I was convinced it had something to do with "detox," but I was totally wrong. It turns out that nicotine suppresses your blood testosterone level. Several weeks after cessation, testosterone levels start to rise back to normal. The same thing happens at puberty, when testosterone starts rising for the first time. Oily skin and acne is a side-effect of rising testosterone levels. I suppose that puts quitters in the same group as steroid abusers and teenagers, at least as far as acne is concerned. It lasted about a month for me. (Good thing too, since puberty lasted a lot longer). I suppose we can look at higher testosterone as a plus.

"Nicotine and cotinine inhibit steroidogenesis in mouse Leydig cells" (

"Adrenal-mediated rather than direct effects of nicotine as a basis of altered sex steroid synthesis in fetal and neonatal rat"(

January 21, 2011 at 5:51:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking actual cigerettes about 4 months ago. i went from cig. to the electric vapor cig. i noticed i was breaking out. it got really really bad. i had never had a problem with acne in my life. its been 4 months that i have been freaking out, full of zits. they are all over my chin area, mouth area. i thought it was from the vapor juice.i stopped using the vapor juice but still have zits. the acne medication is drying out my skin sooo freaking bad. i'm literally going crazy.i have been using johnson and johnsons claen and clear acne 3 step kit,along with the persa 10 gel, spot treatment. it clears a few only for another few to pop up.i have bee using clay masks. all of this has seemed to be helping a little but i am not satisfied. i have a warm mist humidifier at night running next to my bed. hoping it will do a little justice for the dry damage going on to my poor face.4 months...ugh, when will it end. i'm drinking 3 to 4 water bottles a day, cranberry juice, and peeing like its my job. i can't leave the house because i'm scared i will have to pee. i don't even want to leave the house because my acne is so horrable. dosn't it figure i have to go to college class's looking like a dirt bag. i'm depressed. i figured i'd give up a bad habit and good will come out but i'm going through hell.

January 27, 2011 at 10:00:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking on Feb. 15, 2011. My face looked clearer and I looked a lot more healthy for about a week...and now bam! I have about 10 zits! What in the heck! My chest is also all broken out and it all feels itchy. Did anyone actually go to there doctor and get a suggestion on what to use until my body balances back out? Thank you.

March 1, 2011 at 3:24:00 AM EST  
Anonymous hafabee said...

Yep, same thing's happening to me here too. I quit smoking about 6 weeks ago and for the last week I've had acne breaking out on my face, and I'm 37 years old (past the point of where I thought I'd be getting acne). It looks horrible! :( But the benefits outweigh the negatives and I'm going to stick to it, it's sadly just another hill to overcome. Hope everyone that posted before has since become both clear skinned and smoke free!

Like the poster above me I too would like to know what anyone did to help with the sudden acne that came with quiting smoking. Anything no matter how minor would be appreciated.

March 21, 2011 at 1:29:00 AM EDT  
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March 28, 2011 at 8:14:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking 12/12/10 and I am also having acne like a kid going through puberty. My shoulder and face are breaking out. It is awful. I am glad I am not the only one going through this. It has been hard enough over coming the addition then having acne is only making my self esteem go down because of the acne. I am hoping to go to the dermatologist and see what I can do. I have body scrubs, creams and ect and not has worked. I have also tried just plain rubbing alcohol still doesn't work. Tried tanning thinking it might dry it up. Just made it worse. Anyone have any advice.

March 28, 2011 at 8:15:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to go to the pharmacist tomorrow to ask his advice. I'll let you know!

March 29, 2011 at 12:34:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit. I googled "quitting smoking, acne" out of desperation.

I quit 11/22/10. I am 27. My skin before and during smoking was above average; maybe two, three zits a year. DUDE. my skin is a wreck. And it's been nearly 5 months. I mean 4 visits to a dermatologist, antibiotics, birth control pills, the whole 9. And a half. The worst part is that it's PHYSICALLY PAINFUL. like the blow to my self esteem isn't bad enough. I smoked for about 5 years, american spirits. I am vegetarian, drink a lot of water, and exercise daily. When will it end?? This is straight BULLSHIT.

April 12, 2011 at 9:53:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really would like to know, how long does this ZIT condition last? Absolutely rediculous!!! Makes me want to just start smoking again to get rid of the friggin' things!!!

April 15, 2011 at 11:50:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous hafabee said...

Mine are getting better now, in whole it lasted about a month but they're not gone completely. I've been eating healthier cutting fat nearly out of my diet completely, started getting more exercise (taking long walks, playing roller hockey and tennis) and getting more sunshine now that the weather has gotten warmer and I started washing my face more often and gently drying with clean towels and it's gotten much better but still not perfect. I think the exercise has made the biggest difference and I'm going to start going to a suana and seeing if that helps at all too. I've got faith that this stuff will clear up completely in time but in the meantime ugh what a blow to go through on top of all the withdrawal and cravings. Best wishes to all you and hang in there.

April 16, 2011 at 11:39:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 14 for me and still crawling up the wall... and now comes the manky skin, spotty and greasy and dried up and leathery all at the same time. Who knew Nicotine holds back Leprosy?

May 15, 2011 at 7:30:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous K said...

I'm 32 and quit smoking on July 8, 2011 after 16 of the nasty habit. For about a week, my skin looked better than it had in years...then BOOM! I get about 3-4 oily, painful, huge zits at once. They have just kept coming since then. Nothing I try gets rid of them or keeps them at bay. It's embarrassing! It's been over 3 months now since I gave up the smokes. I just want this part over with already!

October 24, 2011 at 3:04:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 25 and have always had problems with pimples since puberty. Recently I quit smoking and my skin has gotten much worse, but I do not equate this to a change in diet.

I am currently studying pharmacy and during my dermatology unit I spent a lot of time researching scientific studies on acne.

There is no evidence to suggest that diet in any way impacts a persons skin despite popular belief.

So what is the culprit here? - STRESS! Which in short, sucks because there is not much you can do about it when quitting smoking. The best thing you can do is find the humour in it and wait it out...well that's what I keep telling myself anyway.


December 22, 2011 at 1:57:00 AM EST  
Blogger notasisy said...

Anonymous said...
Day 14 for me and still crawling up the wall... and now comes the manky skin, spotty and greasy and dried up and leathery all at the same time. Who knew Nicotine holds back Leprosy?

THAT made me LOL! And so, so true.
I have zits all over my back, neck, and around my mouth, but the worst zits are on my neck. I would break out on occasion before I quit, but never like this! Even worse is that it seems as if my face has turned into an oil slick, while the rest of my body has developed dry, crusty, peeling patches that itch so bad I'm clawing myself in my sleep. I quit 2 months ago. I know this is counterintuitive, but I'm a marathon runner and I run about 30 to 50 miles per week, eat all natural/organic, drink at least 8 cups of green tea or water per day. I'm not bingeing on sweets. I looked and felt better when I was smoking. This is so depressing. Not to mention porking on 5 pounds for no reason, being bloated, fatigued, congested, crabby, and constipated as well. I just want to know when this is going to stop. Actually, my mile splits were faster when I was smoking. I feel now when I'm running like I'm going to suffocate. FML.

December 29, 2011 at 2:04:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I broke out once I went on the patch. It took me 8 months to get off the patch and be completely free of nicotene. The cystic acne is now gone. The only good product that I used was Proactiv. I tried other acne systems but it was either too much or too little. I had some other funky things happen to me as well such as a weird deep cyst under my skin around the fold of my uppper inner thigh that is now gone as well and strange tingly sensations all over my body. Quitting smoking was the hardest thing mentally and physically. But, now that I'm over it I know that I can conquer anything. If at first (or second, or third...or tenth time) you don't succeed, try try again!

February 19, 2012 at 3:28:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am happy to hear other people are experiencing this side effect, I've never had great skin so I know how devastating it can be and trust me, I was not expecting it to get worse after I quit smoking. I just finished step 3 of the path 3 days ago so I'm really nervous to see what happens from here. So far the thing I've found that seems to help the most (besides good mineral make-up) is mixing Neosporin with my regular moisturizer. Like many of you, the acne washes and creams I'm using our drying me out so bad it was hard to tell what was worse, the flaking, tight skin or the acne, but mixing in the Neosporin has seemed to make all the difference. And I'm sure it doesn't matter, but just in case you're wondering, the moisturizer I use is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiance Cream. Good Luck everyone!!

March 12, 2012 at 2:34:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I'm four months cigarette free and I always had oily skin and acne :( but now it's ten times worse. My skin did clear around week 4 of being off the cigarettes but now it's terrible. Like some of you the pimples seem bigger and more painful than when I smoked and sure enough when one goes ten more appear over night. It's really affecting my self esteem...... In going to visit the chemist today to get some spot cream. I did start eating more chocolate and crisps since I stopped smoking but I wouldn't say I'm eating them to extreme, no more than a normal person would, and I've started exercising and drinking lots of water but nothing. My hair seems shinier and I've gained some weight but I'm happy about the
weight gain because I was fairly thin and now my boobs are a size bigger and my face had filled out and my body seems more womanly. Only thing getting me down is my terrible spots on my face..... I did get 2 on my neck last week, one was absolutely huge and extremely painful. I really hope this calms down soon as I feel after quitting smoking I deserve something good to come of it :)

March 23, 2012 at 9:22:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on 9 weeks smoke free as of today, used nicotrol inhaler for the first 6 days and was able to sucessfully quit...however- my back chest and shoulder are covered in acne type welts...they are PAINFUL and persistant. This has been going on since week 2...i am on steroid cream and took antibiotics which did nothing...any tips or similiar situations....the "back-ne" is driving me nuts! I'll take it over the effects on my lungs but its getting nice out I want to wear a tank top!!!

March 23, 2012 at 11:03:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit 3 months ago. All was good the first month. Now I have greasy skin and hair. I have acne that seems more like blisters not sure what to think it's annoying!

April 14, 2012 at 3:12:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit a year and a half ago and am STILL getting acne. It is not stress. It is not diet. And I have trouble believing it is hormones after this long. WHAT THE HELL IS IT? Must be detox, crap coming out of the lungs. The longer you smoke, the longer they last maybe? I am 32 and I smoked since I was 12.

April 17, 2012 at 11:42:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit 25/10/2010 after 15 years I am 30 now ,I had really bad acne for 6mnths after quitting better now but still get several every week.when will it stop?

April 23, 2012 at 8:40:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brothers I just recently quit 5 months ago (black and mild cigars) havent touched cigarettes since the end of 2010 same with marijuana and Iam still recovering. Im 21 and I just wanted to post and tell people be patient do not pop those things and just let it go away and lead a healthy lifestyle as well drink water, exercise family time but what helps me the most is my faith to the lord
Jesus Christ. Just wanted to make sure everyone recovers well with no scars the pimples in my opinion are results of detox and hormones. Grow a beard and forget about it a bit or just go clean and shave up (dont overdo it on the shaving and be careful} get fresh , important SLEEP EARLY consistently SLEEP= RECOVERY and please dont complain if youve been smoking for 5 YEARS and now decided you want fast results because you said so. They told you smoking was bad man UP be patient. Also cold turkey is the best no nicotine should be in your body not even marijuana nada no vapor or prepare to keep DETOX-ing.

May 9, 2012 at 9:27:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking about a month ago, but i also quit smoking marijuana about 3 months ago. Im still on the patch but ill be off that soon. Ive always had a small problem with acne from my teens thats never stopped (im 21 now). Its been maybe 3 pimples here or there always. But for about the last 2 months my cheeks are covered. At first i thought i was detoxing from the marijuana, then the ciggs or maybe even the patch? Now im wondering if it could be my hormones? Im going crazy.... i can deal with a few but my cheeks look gross to me and my self esteem has been going down. I have even been noticing some scars. Im happy i stopped smoking but i feel like i deserve clear skin. So if anyone knows when this will stop i would be very happy to know.i wash my face morning and night, use toner and spot treatment. I just want to be healthy with a clear face!!!

July 15, 2012 at 1:42:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking and broke out for 6 months. Painful acne omg. But! I started on Proactive Acne System after the first month of breakouts and it took 2 weeks but then my acne was GONE! I did have to use the stuff every morning and every night for like 4 to 5 months then I noticed changed in my skin and I no longer have to use anything. Jeez that was probably the worst part of quitting smoking, aside from not being able to sleep.

August 10, 2012 at 3:17:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking and broke out for 6 months. Painful acne omg. But! I started on Proactive Acne System after the first month of breakouts and it took 2 weeks but then my acne was GONE! I did have to use the stuff every morning and every night for like 4 to 5 months then I noticed changed in my skin and I no longer have to use anything. Jeez that was probably the worst part of quitting smoking, aside from not being able to sleep.

August 10, 2012 at 3:18:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't give up. It took me quitting countless times. I also tried the e-cig, patches, inhalers, gum, etc. As long as you keep trying something to get away from that the actual cigarette, you will be successful. I am bipolar, have fibromyalgia and some other ailments, so yes if I can do it so can you! I was only addicted for 6 yrs but I have a horribly addiction ridden personality. Not one particular thing will work best for everyone. For me, it was starting with one thing and as long as I kept moving along and trying different methods it at least for the most part kept me from smoking. I even had times of smoking for months at a time, but the thing that I never quit doing was trying. I would try one method, go back to smoking, then try another method, go back to smoking. It was like this for 2 years before I could officially say I was nicotine free. As far as the zits, they go away, just like the cravings etc. You may even notice yourself zoning in on who you were before you took up smoking, it's a pretty cool experience.

August 10, 2012 at 3:29:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quit zits

So it's not cigarettes but pretty much the same thing... Chewing tobacco, mainly snus. Has a lot of nicotine in it. Anyways down to the nitty grit. I picked up a habit of Snus probably around a year ago (mid summer 2011). And I really started doing it all the time. After meals, bored at work...etc.

Jan 1, 2012 I vowed that I would quit. My habit was getting bad, and I was having trouble exercising for very long. I quit cold turkey and stayed quit for around 3 months. I noticed however that my acne was pretty bad. I never had the greatest skin to begin with, but I started with a cycle of Proactive. It worked decently but pimples kept popping up.

I noticed a correlation between my tobacco use and my acne, and reluctantly picked back up again around March of 2012. Immediately I noticed my acne subsided. I didn't have to worry about washing my face or using the proactive any longer.

A couple weeks ago (I think it was August 5th) I had my last dip, and am committed to quitting again. The negative health effects started popping up again... However I am in a catch 22 as the acne is starting to pop up again as well! I hate how nobody ever tells you that you will have to deal with it!

I will keep everyone posted and I will try to stay strong and keep better care of my face and cleanliness. As well as eating better and making sure to drink lots of water and cranberry juice. I will let everyone know how I progress...

WIsh me luck! Speak to you soon...

Patient X

August 17, 2012 at 1:18:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zits from quitting are caused by the heavy metals left in your skin from daily use. Cadmium is a toxin present in many leafy plants including weed and tobacco. It is similar in structure to zinc, so it takes its place, often causing minor acne in smokers. However, it isn't inflamed because damage to the immune system stops inflammation. Once off cigs, you are getting the inflammation along with the blockage of zinc from the leftover cadmium

November 15, 2012 at 10:55:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone looking for the answer of when to expect these horrible quit zits to go away... I quit almost four months ago and I still am breaking out, even thought of picking up smoking again just to get rid of them.. BUT I would never do that!!! Anyways I heard 6 months....

January 11, 2013 at 2:13:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am bizarrely relieved to hear I'm not going 16 and I've been spotty since about day five. Anyone know if headaches are also a symptom at this stage, ie after a couple of weeks? Any thoughts appreciated. Good will power to you all. Ray x

January 17, 2013 at 1:39:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on day 6 using the mid level patch and was doing fine with the not smoking.. BUT breaking out and it's awful! More like small lumps under my skin WTF!! Here I thought giving up a 25 year smoking habit would be a good thing now I have this happening? Ridiculous...

January 23, 2013 at 11:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My acne went away and now its back because I quit smoking!!! This is my first month cold turkey and these stupid pimples came outta no where! And they arnt even normal pimples! There the ones that don't pop and if you try they just last 10 times longer. I can't wait for this to be over.

January 31, 2013 at 1:19:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 39 and I'm smoke free for 6 weeks now... This is not the first time I have quit and ended with acne. This time, acne started after a month.
Anyway, I discovered a way to decrease them significantly (change of diet, vitamins, creams etc didn't help). I experimented with light therapy, blue light helps a lot and you can see visible difference in 2-3 days (they disapprear completely). Whenever they appear, I just apply blue light and after 2 days - nothing (without the lite they are there for a month!). I didn't get anything expensive, just the cheap one from amazon or ebay, don't remember now... There are a lot of them.
I think it is worth a try.
Good luck!

February 13, 2013 at 5:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, does anyone here survived this breakout and gonna tell us when our suffer gonna end??? 7 and a half month in, im starting to believe it will never leave...

February 14, 2013 at 4:56:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im thinking the same rather smoke than have a face like i have now covered in spots

February 16, 2013 at 2:58:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Catalinah said...

I quit on January 7th. This... is driving me crazy. I generally have decent skin, a bit on the dry sensitive side, but the amount of inflammation and acne i'm getting is asinine. I'm happy to hear others are going through it too and that i'm not crazy. I just wish more people posted about it going away... I'm afraid I may cave and pick up the cancer sticks again. I could deal with a month or so of this but this is getting ridiculous and well over a month... It feels like my face is burning sometimes. Combine that with increased dryness that even vaseline can't sooth. Managed to get it to go away a few times with different face washes, but it usually comes back within the hour. I, too, have increased headaches too. Someone else complained of that. Those aren't going away either. :(

February 18, 2013 at 11:38:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Ari said...

I'm almost at six months, and I've still got the zits - big, horrible cysts in the corners of my nose and in the area between my nose and lip. As a man, I don't even have makeup to fall back on.

I never had bad acne as teenager (the odd pubescent spot of course, but nothing persistent). To go through all this at 37 is just adding insult to injury.

February 26, 2013 at 12:27:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had quit zits and they were terrible. I felt ugly and bought everything under the sun to stop the breakouts. Then someone told me to break open an aloe vera plant and rub the gel on my face before bedtime. It worked. My skin cleared in a few days to here my friends even noticed and said wow, your skin looks great. I bought the aloe from my local produce store and cut off a piece every night. Keep it in the fridge.

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April 3, 2013 at 1:31:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Sonia said...

Hello Fellow EX-SMOKERS!!!

Well I am not sure if this is going to be helpful for anyone, but has worked for me... you could find the recipe for it online or youtube, its turmeric, chickpea flour and milk mask, called turmeric mask. its easy and doable:) i still do it to keep my skin neat and clean, also you can use lemon instead of milk. Keep your skin clean wash it and moisturize it properly. An other thing that i do to keep my skin clean is freshly squeezed lemon(1/2) juice and sugar... use face towel thin one like baby towels, soak the towel that is covering two fingers index and middle fingers then coat it with sugar... rub it all over your face, work extra time over the troubled spots like around nose, cheeks and forehead.
Cigarettes have so many chemicals it will take some time to for you body to be back to normal... give it time to recover. Increase water intake and change life style bit by bit.
I was smoker for almost 10 years and i have been smoke free for 80 days and going will never smoke again, but quitting has not been easy, I have mood swings, gained few pounds( lost after a month), depressed for 2 months and still very prone to catch cold or respiratory infection, not to forget breakouts, although these were the worse side effect of quitting I enjoyed my freedom not being in bound in routine of smoking, my lungs felt like they were growing in my chest I could take bigger and better breaths, circulation of my blood is better no more tingling finger and cold blood in brain, finger and teeth got white once again, tongue is nice flashy reddish pinkish colour, no smelling and most of all no more hating myself for burning away my life, time and money. Good luck to all of you who is quitting and staying quit...
I believe the comment before me about aloe vera fresh squeezed juice is also great at clearing zits.

Once again good luck to all of you...

June 9, 2013 at 2:02:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my second time quitting, I am two months in. After being a smoker for ten years, I woke up a month ago and my face was COVERED in tiny zits. As a teenager I had oily skin and tried everything- even accutane- so I am not really a stranger to acne, I was just really upset to see it again in my late 20's! My doctor said it takes roughly a year for all the toxins to get completely out of your body and one of the easiest ways is through your skin since it's your bodies largest organ. Well..that news sucked but I have been doing several things that have helped after seeing the doctor!

I was prescribed retinol gel...this is very strong but speeds the turnover of new skin cells. I use it twice a week at night- any more and your face will start peeling and produce MORE oil to compensate for the dryness. This is especially good for cystic acne. I drink Kava has been shown in studies to not only inhibit nicotine cravings but also testosterone production. I drink it throughout my workday and it makes me feel very calm and helps the skin. I wash my skin at night with a gentle cleanser (cetaphil) and use a witch hazel toner with aloe vera and vitamin e in the morning on the oily areas ONLY. Once a week even before I quit and now too, I do a bentonite clay mask (lots of good ones on amazon and they are cheap- the aztec .brand has lasted me over a year) And it sounds counter productive, but I DO use a moisturizer in the morning. I use an oil free one from Neutrogena. Your skin does need hydration or it will produce its own oils and get clogged even more. My skin is still not perfect but its looking a lot better since my initial freakout where I bought every acne product under the sun and basically burnt my face from the chemicals. Hope this helps someone. Also, for women- talk to your doctor about your bc pills- they may have to switch them. Some are MUCH better for women with acne- even quitters acne- than others.

August 31, 2013 at 9:23:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mental habit of smoking is as addictive as the nicotine. Try other things in order not to unconsciously keep touching your face as this will greatly add to your risk of break outs.

October 17, 2013 at 11:06:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a medic but I think the reason for the quit zits is pretty obvious. Smoking is well known to gradually decrease blood supply to peripheral blood vessels (like your nose, penis etc). When you stop, with luck, the blood starts coming back. This will bring back nutrients (fats etc) to your furthest extremities. The good bit is better complexion, glossy hair, occasional erections, better libido. The bad bit might be a few spots for a while.
Forget toxins and similar psychobabble. You're just getting better.

February 4, 2014 at 5:05:00 PM EST  
Anonymous GoMonki said...

I've been following this thread for months now - felt I could finally add something to the conversation. I'm 27 and smoked for 10 years, I'll be three months smoke-free in three days. After the first month, I've felt my hormonal acne, which I hadn't suffered from in years, creeping back slowly. The acne was mild to moderate but persistent and extremely annoying, perhaps in part due to my past experience with it. It's around the chin and temple area, also comes up in flares around my cycle, this is how I definitely know it's hormonal, not the body detoxing itself or anything else. Went to my derm, who said it might be stress related and gave me a topical cream called Finacea. Usually, I laugh at topicals because I've never really tried one that works, but this one does. Look into it, it keeps the acne at bay. Vitamin D helped tremendously (1000IU a day). Now I've also read smoking supresses estrogen in the body, and honestly this I think is the real culprit. For this, I've introduced flaxseed in my diet, (teaspoonful of whole seeds every morning, chewed well, along with dried apricots but those are just for taste and easy digestion) which I think made the real difference. I know, sounds a little far-fetched, and I was as surprised myself. Apparently flaxseed contains something that mimics estrogens in the body, which in turn makes it produce the estrogen less. So far flax seeds, vit D and daily application of Finacea helped tremendously, and my skin is -knock on wood- very, very close to what it was before. I'm confident this is just the body's way of trying to level the hormones after such a big change. During this time, one thought that has helped me was seeing the acne (or whatever it is you're suffering from as a result of quitting smoking currently) as a side-effect of not quitting smoking, but the side-effect of having made the decision to start smoking in the first place. Nobody really reports the good results on the internet, so I thought I would. Take good care of yourselves, and stick with the not smoking! Remember, there's no real reason to smoke other than the fact that you're addicted to it.

July 30, 2014 at 10:01:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous sean said...

Really, are you serious??

October 10, 2014 at 8:22:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous sean said...

Its is really a good feel to quit smoking habit as it have many bad effects in it and causes serious health issues.

October 21, 2014 at 5:05:00 AM EDT  
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July 4, 2015 at 5:00:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im 7 months in, covered still cheeks, neck chin, starting on my back now too... my face is super oily now too and also incredibly sensitive to products ive ordered expensive sensitve skin acne care ranges and my skin is too sensitive to use them, can only use cetaphil products...i was a smoker since around 15 until 29 i love every aspect of being a non smoker but this is fairly disheartening...i really hope it will one day clear up, soon would be nice!

January 24, 2016 at 9:30:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came here after quitting smoking weed. I've had great success using the oil cleansing method with hempseed oil.

May 24, 2016 at 12:00:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've given up smoking 2months today..but now I'm covered in zits... (I'm 70 ffs)
Oh my I'm due for a passport renewal... how's that going to look covered in zits...
looking like an Ice user !

May 30, 2016 at 8:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

26 years old, almost 6 months without cigarettes. I exercise daily and eat healthier than ever and I am pretty happy.

Haven't had pimples since I was 16. I've been scrolling and reading about Quit-zits, and thought maybe someone will read my comment that is a bit of a hypochondriac like me.

I have been going crazy thinking it might be all kinds of different things causing the acne even though I did read about Quit-zits! Just cannot believe it lasts so long!

It's not hormones. I got them checked. It's not allergies, or stress.. AND I'm NOT PREGNANT! :P! Whatever it is, it will pass! So, don't worry! It's completely normal!

I tried all kinds of things, facials, dermatology, homeopathy... Homeopathy got rid of the bigger pimples, and the tiny ones on my chest and back.. And the little ones on my face kind of seem to be going away. So, if anyone is into alternative medicine... Give it a go..

I heard of Aloe Vera, too. Will try it for what is left...
Olive oil is good to calm the face down, as well.. But, doesn't let you say your goodbyes to pimples.
Change pillow cases.
USE HYPOALLERGENIC creams and washes. I never needed to use these, but I noticed my skin reacts to non-hypo products.
Drink water and eat healthy and all that stuff people tell you so you can make the process of healing faster!

Good luck!

August 25, 2016 at 8:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger betty boop said...

These zits are driving me crazy. They are so painful. I have never had an issue with acne before, not even when I was a teenager. I'm embarrassed to leave my house. Everyother time I've tried quitting this never happened. So why this time? Almost ready to throw in the towel and start smoking again

August 28, 2016 at 12:51:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous amy said...

Quit smoking using the alternative device which will help you quit this habit easily.

November 24, 2016 at 4:31:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking with no zits at all!

November 7, 2017 at 6:02:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 months after quitting, my back, chest and neck are still breaking out with large painful pimples that are deep under the skin. I was mostly pimple free for a decade or so while smoking. All these side effects of quitting make it not worth it at all, still freakin miserable nearly 1 year later.

March 5, 2018 at 10:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger markoliver said...

I am now a month free from smoking cigarettes, been vaping occasionally. On the first week of quitting, my skin looked really good and less oily. But, after the first week, shazam! White heads on my cheeks and chin plus cystic acne on my neck. I really hope that these is just a phase.

May 24, 2018 at 7:37:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank everyone who has posted here about their 'quit zits' - it seems like a lot of us have experienced the same painful and annoying side effect of quitting smoking, and it really helped me to learn that I'm not alone in experiencing it (maybe it generally isn't discussed in quitting symptoms because it might put some people off giving up?).

Best of luck, everyone, and the very best of health to you all, too!

August 4, 2018 at 1:40:00 AM EDT  

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