Feline Acne Remedies

Guest Post by Helen. Acne sure is a powerful disease as it occurs not only in humans but also in animals! Cats are one of the few animals that often suffer from feline acne that tends to occur at the chin and lips of the cat. Cats too have the sebaceous gland that secretes oil and is located at the eyelids, chin, and surface of the base of the tail, lips, scrotum and prepuce.

Feline acne is said to be caused by unhygienic conditions that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria in the feline skin. You should be careful when feeding in plastic bowls, which apparently are bacteria prone objects, as they trap the bacteria and this then gets on to the cats chin.

Dirt and poor grooming habits could also be a leading cause for feline acne. Some cats also face feline acne because of excessive sebum created by over active sebaceous glands that result in black spots or swollen red pustules that leads to bleeding.

If the feline acne is mild you can easily cure it with antibiotic soaps and hydrogen peroxide. Other than that you can also administer Topical Vitamin A and Topical retinoids. If the acne is severe then use cleansing agents such as benzoyl peroxide, chlorhexidine and then use topical glucocorticoids to reduce inflammation.

Also do not make the mistake of using solutions for human acne on your cats. This is because solutions for human acne may not be suitable for feline skin. Therefore always take your cat to a vet who would be administering a different version of Benzyl Peroxide in the form of BACTROBAN Rx.

There is one home treatment that should be very effective, provided your cat doesn’t react aggressively on it. Epsom Salt mixed with lukewarm water is very effective to treat feline acne. It draws the infection out and kills the bacteria. All you have to do is soak a clean rag in this solution and hold the rag to the affected area for five minutes.

Feline acne if left untreated could lead to Folliculitis which is an inflammation of the feline skin. This inflammation could lead to painful and itchy sores. Before your cat worsens the condition by constant scratching, make sure it is treated by a vet.

About the author:

Helen has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. Her work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for skin disease, feline acne, acne home remedies sufferers.

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