How to Naturally Treat Feline Acne
Feline acne is a common occurrence in cats, but can be treated. Signs of Feline Acne include pimples, blackheads or crusty sores on the chin area, as well as the upper/lower lips. Their chin may be swollen or inflamed, and in more serious cases it can lead to painful pustules. It is caused by a number of things such as:
- Hormone Imbalances
- Infected Skin Glands from Poor Grooming
- Food Sensitives/Allergies
Plastic bowls have shown to cause acne flare ups. It is recommended to switch their food bowls to a ceramic or stainless steel food bowl as a starting point for prevention
- Clean it daily: Wash the chin with an antibacterial soap and a warm cloth. It will open the blocked pores, clear surface debris and allow the pimples to heal more quickly. Use a warm, but not too hot cloth. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Warm Compresses: A warm-water compress will open blocked pores and increase blood flow helping the body remove the infection. Soak a cloth in warm water and hold it onto the area until it turns cool. Repeat daily until the acne clears up.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega -3’s have been shown to improve skin health, as well as inflammation reduction. You can find Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Omega 3 Formula here.
- Calendula: Will soothe the skin and help stop infection. Soak a cotton ball or gauze pad with the tincture and apply to the sore until it cools. It can be used in conjunction with a warm water compress.
- Aloe: Also helpful; apply a thin layer of gel from an Aloe Vera plant to soothe the skin.
- Herbal Tea Rinse: Daily skin rinse of cooled chamomile, plantain, or calendula tea may bring relief. Wipe the affected area with the tea, and allow it to drip dry.