Feline acne usually occurs under the chin or around the mouth. The acne is caused by the overproduction of keratin which is a protein found in the skin;, this excess keratin causes the cats hair follicles to become blocked which results in comedones (blackheads). If the comedones become infected it can lead to acne spots similar to human acne.
What causes feline acne?
The main causes of feline acne include:
- Hyperactive sebaceous glands
- Poor hygiene
- Secondary to fungal infection
- Reaction to medicines
How is feline acne treated?
A benzoyl peroxide facial preparation or, in some cases, antiseborrheic shampoo is used to cleanse the affected area and clean out the hair follicles. Oral antibiotics may be used to treat severe or chronic cases.