Feline Chin Acne – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Feline chin acne is a fairly common problem in cats, but it often goes unnoticed. You may notice your cat rubbing his chin against the furniture or other corners more than usual. You might notice little black specks around your cat’s lips or chin (especially in a cat with a light-colored face), or you might not have a clue until you see an oozing abscess draining from the jaw. Often the chin will become lumpy with pimples and blackheads.

Cat acne occurs when blackheads form on the chin. Some cats only suffer from this condition once their whole lives. In others, it will come and go periodically. The rest of the affected cats have permanent acne that doesn’t go away. So, what exactly causes this condition?


No one knows precisely why acne occurs in cats. However, certain factors influence their development. Medical conditions such as dermatitis suppressed the immune system, and food allergies play a role. Cats who have poor grooming habits are also more likely to suffer from this condition.

Felines who eat and drink from a plastic bowl have an increased risk. This is because plastic is porous and traps bacteria, which gets on your cat’s chin as he eats or drinks. Other cats produce an excessive amount of oil, which prevents their hair follicles from functioning correctly.

With its coating of oil and surface bacteria, dry cat food seems to be a much bigger problem in the acne department than canned food. If you must feed dry food, it’s best to limit it to timed meal feedings of 30-60 minutes. You should wash the feline chin after every meal to minimize the problem. (This is just one reason why I recommend against feeding dry food to cats!)

On the other hand, allergic contact dermatitis is a rare skin problem in cats when a cat’s skin overacts to some aspects of its surroundings or environments. Allergic contact dermatitis can be triggered by dyes, carpet deodorizers, specific brands of cat flea collars, metals like nickel, or materials found rubber balls or wool pet bedding.


In most cases, symptoms of cat acne are mild. Your cat’s lips and chin will develop blackheads. Sometimes they turn into abscesses that come open and form crusts. His chin will be very itchy, prompting him to constantly scratch and cause more damage. With severe cases, your cat may have a swollen chin and lose his hair.

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Cats with chin acne or stud tail show no associated clinical signs, but there may be inflammation and irritation of the overlying skin in severe cases. Cats are furry pets, and it is not always easy to tell when they have a skin condition. They start to rub their chin a lot on many objects around the house.

Cats get chin acne frequently, so it is possible that the cat owners may not have noticed their cat rubbing her chin on furniture or, indeed, her owner. Cats have sebaceous glands covering most of their body, but the majority of these are redundant.


Feline chin acne is more common during the spring and fall shedding seasons because it undergoes a cleansing process. It’s a common but minor skin problem that can be easily treated at home. This disease is caused by overactive oil glands and takes pimples, a black crusty substance, or a small lump. Feline chin acne is usually treated  with either a shampoo containing benzoyl peroxide or a vitamin A ointment.

It occurs equally in males and female cats and cats of all ages and breeds.You can control but is not really “cured.” This feline acne may occur as blackheads on a cat’s face, chin, and even lower lip. Feline acne usually just like black dirt that won’t wash off or keeps returning after the chin skin has been cleaned.

It’s not typically a severe condition, but it can cause severe infection in rare cases, and if the area becomes swollen, it can also cause discomfort for the cat. Feline chin acne is a relatively common cat skin disorder in which comedones, or blackheads, form a cat’s lower lip, face, and chin.


Your veterinarian may choose not to treat a mild case of cat acne. If the condition is more severe, there are various methods of treatment. You can apply an antibiotic to your cat’s face to help get rid of the acne.

Another technique involves using a special shampoo to remove excess oils, preventing blackheads from forming. Some cats also suffer from severe inflammation, which will need to be treated with corticosteroids.

1. Clean the Area Daily:

Use a mild soap or get a bar of antibacterial soap from the pet shop and wash the area at least a day. Use a washcloth soaked in medium warm but not scalding water. You can use aloe vera gel or a tiny amount of antibacterial ointment to cover the sores.

2. Add Heat:

Applying Heat to the infected area can bring pain relief and help open the oil glands to flow naturally. The best way to do this is to hold your cat on your lap, talking to them and rubbing their body while with your other hand, you have a warm, moist washcloth to the area for five or so minutes.

If your cat doesn’t like the wet washcloth method, you can make a “rice sock.” Take about two cups of white or brown long grain rice and pour it into an old sock. Preferably one without any holes!  Now sew or tie the sock top closed.

Throw the whole thing into the microwave and Heat on high for 1-2 minutes, but be careful since a rice sock can get very hot! A rice sock warmer’s Heat can last a good long time.

After some trials, you can determine the timing for the heat level you need for your pet. These warmers are a wonderful way to make a portable heating pad, plus find a useful purpose for those “single socks” we all end up collecting.

Prevention Tips:

  • – Squeeze or open the pimples. This makes it worst, just like on humans.

  • – Using people’s acne medicines on the pimple. Many human medications are fatal to cats or can make them ill.