Can Cats get Acne?

By December 10, 2014Northwood Notes

Yes, cats get acne too! Learn more about this pesky skin condition.

What is chin acne?

Feline chin acne is when excess keratin is trapped in the hair follicle, and “blackheads” form. Pustules or “pimples” may form if bacteria infect the “blackhead”. Feline chin acne is similar to the acne that humans get.

What causes chin acne?

While the exact cause of acne is not understood, it is thought to be related to certain diseases or to poor grooming habits.  In a significant number of cats, there is a link between using plastic food dishes and chin acne.

What are the clinical signs of chin acne?

The most common clinical sign associated with chin acne is the “dirty” appearance of the chin. These lesions may also appear on the lower lip and/or the upper lip.

How is feline chin acne treated?

After examination and a diagnosis, there are several treatment options available that can include increased hygiene habits and/or oral medications.

In cats that are fed on colored plastic food dishes, if the food dishes are changed to ceramic, glass, or stainless steel, the condition may resolve without other treatment.

What is the prognosis for a cat diagnosed with chin acne?

Most cases respond well to improved hygiene or to a simple change in food dishes.

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Ernest Ward, DVM

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