Cat Acne

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Small sebaceous glands near the hair follicles and larger sebaceous glands on the head and tail are features of cats.

Oil is released by these glands. Cats can get what is known as cat acne when these glands are hyperactive.

Comedones are formed when the pores and hair follicles close to the glands in situations of acne become clogged with black sebaceous material. These pores and follicles will become infected, inflamed, and swollen in more severe cases. Cats frequently develop chin acne, which makes their chin appear to be covered in stubborn black dirt.


Symptoms to look for:

Red swollen pores

Black clogged pores


You need to get rid of the extra sebum to treat acne adequately. Consult your vet if you believe your cat has acne or if it actually does. To get rid of the acne, he can advise using an antibacterial scrub, benzoyl peroxide shampoo, corticosteroids, or antibiotics (oral or topical).


Protective measures

Some cats appear to have an allergic reaction to plastic food bowls and acne at the same time. If you have any suspicions, you might want to try switching to ceramic bowls to see if the acne gets better.

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