How to Treat Chin Acne in Cats

Long-haired cats are more prone to chin acne
Long-haired cats are more prone to chin acne (Image: cat face image by Viktor Korpan from

Chin acne appears frequently among domestic cats. The blacks bumps may also appear on your cat's lips. Feline acne is not painful. It may appear in cats any time after they reach one-year-old, and it often goes unnoticed. The condition arises when an oil called sebum, thickens around fur follicles and clogs pores on your cat's chin. Feline acne can be provoked by stress, food allergies and particularly by plastic food bowls. Comedones can be discouraged by wiping your cat's chin after he eats. Sometimes symptoms of ringworm and mites resemble feline acne.

Things You'll Need

  • Bath towel
  • Two washcloths
  • Antibiotic soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Epsom salts
  • Vitamin A cream

Begin by wrapping your cat in a towel, to immobilize his legs and paws. Hold your cat in the crook of your arm -- like a swaddled baby -- so that both of your hands are free. All cats respond to lullabies. Some respond with purrs and others with hisses. You know your cat best.

Gently wash your cat's chin with a warm washcloth and antibiotic soap. You may have to hold your cat’s head to accomplish this.

Dip a second washcloth in a warm solution of hydrogen peroxide, or Epsom salts and water. Gently wash your cat’s chin with it: Then hold the cloth against his chin for at least one minute.

Finally, dry your cat's chin with one corner of the towel. Rub a small amount of vitamin A cream on the affected area. Then set him free.

Repeat for three or four days. If the condition does not improve, consult a veterinarian. He may treat the condition by clipping the fur on your cat’s chin, and prescribing topical or oral antibiotics. A veterinarian can also check for other conditions that look like feline acne.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never feed your cat from a plastic bowl. Use a ceramic, glass or stainless steel bowl instead.
  • Never use human acne medicine on cats.

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