May 6, 2016 - My cat has feline acne. It's been sort of under control for a while but every time I see a different vet they tell me something different for treatment.
More severe cases will usually require that you cleanse your cat’s skin with an ointment or gel containing benzoyl peroxide and/or give him or her antibiotics to clear up any infection. Under no circumstances should you ever use acne treatments designed for humans on your cat.
Feline acne is an inflammatory condition of a cat’s chin and lips. The acne starts as a blackhead or comedone on the chin. It may then progress to red, itchy bumps that can become infected. Feline acne can occur in cats of all ages and some cases can spontaneously resolve while others require lifetime treatment. Causes for feline acne are varied, but environmental factors, food allergies, contact allergies, poor grooming, stress and rubbing have all been implicated.
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you ever use acne treatments designed for humans on your cat.
Cat acne can have similar symptoms to other , so it'simportant to have a proper diagnosis before applying any treatment. Avet will examine your cat and get a sample of sebum for analysis, toensure that there are no other fungi or viruses involved.Benzoyl peroxide gels have proven to be effective in acne treatment. A benzoyl peroxide shampoo may also be recommended by a veterinarian. One should never use a benzoyl peroxide treatment meant for humans on cats. Acne treatments meant for humans are a lot stronger and can cause irritation to a cat's skin. With benzoyl peroxide, feline acne can be controlled. However, this treatment is not a cure.Never use at-home acne remedies before consulting your vet. Don’tgive human acne treatment to your cat, as these can cause additionalirritation.Treatment of feline acne depends on the severity. If it’s mild – just a few blackheads or specks of dark skin discharge – washing the area daily with dilute antiseptic soap such as chlorhexidine (non-dental brands like Hibiclens or Nolvasan) or iodine (Betadine) until it’s cleared up, is just fine. (Both of these products are available at most grocery stores, and certainly at drug stores.) Since cats may not enjoy these washings, you may not get a chance to rinse, so be sure the soap is VERY dilute! Betadine in particular can be very irritating to the skin if your soapy water is too strong. A weak tea color is good for Betadine; very pale pink or blue for chlorhexidine soaps. Do NOT use “antibacterial” hand soap; it will leave too much residue. Detergent dish soap is far too strong and will damage the skin.Topical antibacterial agents commonly prescribed for treatment of feline acne include mupirocin and clindamycin ointments. These are used "off-label" - meaning that they are not labeled for use on cats, but your veterinarian may prescribe them anyway. Make sure you talk to your vet about what this means.The primary aim of treatment is to reduce the excess production of sebum or keratin. Treatment of mild cases of feline acne is fairly straightforward and will typically involve an antibacterial topical treatment or shampoo. These treatments will be prescribed by your vet. It is important that you don’t use any treatments or shampoos made for human use (unless specifically instructed by your vet) as these may burn the cat’s skin and worsen the condition.