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Tiny Specks on Your Pet's Skin That Won't Wash Off — What Now?
Feline Acne

How Chin Acne Develops and What to Watch For

There are many sebaceous glands in the skin of your cat’s chin that produce an oily substance called sebum. In some kitties, an excessive amount of sebum is secreted, which attracts dead skin cells that clog the hair follicles in the chin.

The clogged hair follicles turn into blackheads (comedones) on the chin and lips and often look like dirt that can’t be washed away.

The blackheads can progress to red itchy bumps, then to pimples and finally to abscesses that rupture, bleed and crust over. Once the situation has reached this advanced stage, it’s called furunculosis.

In severe cases of chin acne, there can also be swelling, hair loss and the development of draining tracts. Often the area is very itchy, and cats can cause additional trauma to the skin by scratching. Secondary bacterial infections such as cellulitis are common in advanced cases of chin acne.

Some cats develop a single outbreak of chin acne that resolves and never returns. In other kitties the condition recurs, and some cats even develop permanent chin acne.

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