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shellgg posted:
My 11 year old male cat has been having feline acne on his chin. The vet first advised me to wash the area with a benzol peroxide shampoo. I did this but it seemed to make it worst, because he would than kick at the area which irratated it. It also was very difficult because he would only let me rub the area but would not let me catch him to wash it off.
The vet now has him on antibiotics. Will this clear it up? It seems to look a little better. I am concerned because this cat will not let me properly wash the area, and as I said before, he just irrates it more after I attempt to clean it.
Thank you!
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Feline acne is a common skin condition on the chin of many cats. If it's mild, it doesn't necessarily need to be treated, but if severe and bothering him, it does. While cleansing the chin daily with benzoyl peroxide is the recommended treatment, it is often quite irritating at the strength sold over-the-counter (5 or 10%). We have it specially made for our clients at 1.25% and even that is too strong for some cats. It also must be washed off thoroughly and not allowed to dry on the chin. We sometimes give an injection of an anti-inflammatory along with this treatment to decrease the irritation. Antibiotics are helpful when infection is present (it looks like pimples!) but isn't necessary for uninfected cases. Regardless, this can be a recurrent disease for some cats and long-term therapy may be needed.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
alysoun replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
My situation starts out somewhat similar to that of Shellgg - 11 year old male cat with case of what appears to be chin acne, and similar reaction to topical meds. Unfortunately the vet does not recommend antibiotics because my kitty is already on Terbinafine and itraconazole to manage a gastrointestinal fungus. After eight vets, Duoxo seborrhea spot-on was recommended instead - but none of the vets seems to have much if any experience with it, and told me to be prepared for some "trial and error." I'd appreciate any expert advice or reports of experience that laypeople on this community may have had.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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