Feline AcneLast updated: October 15, 2021
Feline acne is a common problem seen in cats two to four years of age in which comedones (blackheads) develop on the chin of a cat. Feline acne can be managed but not really "cured."
It may be caused by hyperactive chin sebaceous glands, poor hygiene, hormonal imbalance, stress, fungal infections, reactions to medications, Demodectic mites or reaction to plastic food/water bowls.
You will see the formation of blackheads and inflammation on the chin and surrounding areas. Symptoms are usually mild and most cases of cat acne require minimal treatment. In severe cases, medical treatment is required to eliminate the irritation and infection.
Mild Case Treatment
- Apply warm washcloth compresses to the area to reduce inflammation and pain, making cleaning easier. A warm compress also softens the plugged skin pores so they can be easily cleaned.
- Clean the cat's chin using an anti-seborrhea product like Vet Basics® Sebo Plus Shampoo or DermaBenSs Shampoo on a cloth and then treat with Vet Basics® ChlorConazole™ Wipes twice a day.
Advanced Case Treatment
- Oral antibiotics and/or antifungals are needed to clear infection.
- Steroids are used to decrease inflammation, depending on need.
Some cats are prone to chin acne and will get it again! Weekly chin cleaning and treating with ChlorConazole™ Wipes usually prevents reoccurrence.
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Don Bramlage, DVM, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
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