Recently, I have gained an interest in silicon-based lifeforms. I heard mentions here and there that if they exhaled silicon dioxide, they would exhale a fine dust or solid rather than a gas. Now, the science behind this is beyond me besides silicon dioxide being a solid, and I don't seek to try my hand at silicon lifeforms as of yet. But, it was still an idea that caught my inspiration.
I want to know why a carbon-based lifeform that breathes oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide, such as life on Earth, may exhale dust rather than gas, or at least appear to exhale dust. It doesn't necessarily have to be what it exhales if you have a creative idea, but ideally it should be a substitute for carbon dioxide gas. Bonus for mentioning the ramifications and bonuses of this.
So, in quick summary, why might a carbon-based lifeform breathe dust rather than gas?