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Does My Cat Have Acne?

Have you noticed what looks like acne on your cat’s chin? This common condition can appear in various manifestations, such as flaking blackheads on the chin to more infected or pus-filled boils. Many times these cases don’t need to be treated and are more of an unsightly presence for cat owners than a bother or health threat to the cat.

When intense itching and/or infected eruptions occur, than prescription antibiotics or topical medications may be needed.  I will often have clients apply over the counter 2.5% topical benzoyl peroxide creams and/or solutions to the area which are often effective in drying up the lesions. An excellent prescription product, Mupirocin Ointment, has also been effective in my experience and opinion.While in many cases we don’t know the cause, a thorough history is often helpful to make sure there are no predisposing factors such as the use of plastic dishes or water bowls, which can sometimes cause allergic reactions on the face or chin.

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  1. Grate post, I did not know that animal can suffer from acne.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    You are welcome. There are lots of parallels between pet and human diseases.

  3. good tips on acne, also had no idea animals got acne, but ofcourse why not, it makes sense

    thanks, kas

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    You are very welcome. Please spread word about this web service to your family and friends.

  5. Is it also possible for cats to get acne other places? My cat has very light fur, so the other day I noticed something on his belly, mostly around his nipples, that looked very similar (though not as severe) to the acne on his chin.Could this still be feline acne, or should I be worried that something else is causing these little black specks to appear?

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Not likely acne but could be inflammation of hair follicles caused by allergies or bacterial infection. Best to take cat to vet for exam and diagnosis.

  7. My Himalayan cat has ichy sores around her ears, under neck, some on her chin and couple at the back of her head. My daughter says it’s probably cat acne. Could it be?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Acne usually only stays on chin area. She most likely has some sort of inhalent/contact allergies and/or food allergies. Consider trying chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily as antihistamine, as well as adding fatty acid like missing link to meals from 1800petmeds. See vet if signs persist or worsen.

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