How to treat feline acne | Dr. Justine Lee

Big Admin January 1, 2019 34

Does your cat have feline acne or bumps on his chin? In this video, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT, board-certified veterinary specialist in emergency/critical …



  1. J.D. Maya June 24, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply


  2. Meg Cogsdill August 9, 2016 at 4:50 am - Reply

    My vet said to use witch hazel for my cats acne and I was just reading the bottle and it said call poison control if swallowed. Of course he doesn't drink it but it's right by his mouth. I looked at a couple of pages on Google and it said it can be toxic to cats. Who do I believe?

  3. Soho Yankee August 17, 2016 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I've used the witch hazel on my cats acne and changed out the plastic bowls and it worked great. I first wash the chin with cat soap and water to remove the black crust. It looked many times better and helped with itching.

  4. Emily BH September 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    My cat has it all over his tail. It feels like hard crusty bumps. Every time I try to looks at it he pulls his tail away. His torso seems ok. for the most part.Needless to say, he is constantly grooming his tail. He also seems to have a few big ones outside/ around the base of his tail which he bites. Is witch hazel ok for this considering he'll be licking a lot of it off. Is it also beneficial taken internally? What about other herbs or even colloidal silver?

    For some background, the same cat has been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis which I think is combined cyclic vomiting syndrome. He vomits the same time after Midnight and before breakfast generally every other morning.. This has been going on for 6 months. His stools used to be bloody but not so any more. He strains to poop. He seems to be gaining weight little by little in spite of throwing up the every other early morning hairball. I've gotten him to go 10 days w/o vomiting but then he'll have a spell where he reverts back. He is on a quality raw diet supplemented with herbs ie Licorice, Aloe, Anti-spasmodic formula, nerve formula. I fast him every so often for a day or so on chicken/bone broth fortified with kelp and garlic.

  5. N T September 13, 2016 at 5:43 am - Reply

    My cat has like black crusts on his chin, I changed the plastic bowls to metal bowls, and I try to gently scratch those black things with my nails every once in a while, is that bad for my cat?

  6. Hai Tran October 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Uniquee Acne System
    Hоw tо geeeеt lasting acnеe freedоm
    clear skin e-book revеals аall Hoooow tooo treat fеline acne Dr Justine Lee

  7. Magnum November 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this. We have a Persian that has developed something that looks similar, but it's under his chin, on top of his head, and on his back. I can scratch the scabs and they come off, but there are larger pieces in addition to the small black things. Do you have any idea what this could be? Thank you so much.

  8. Mona Ali December 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    This disease appears at my cats. They do not eat the plastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ARIZJOE February 13, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Thanks Dr. Justine for that concise prognosis of feline acne. Very professional. I am going to nip this problem in the bud before things get infected with assorted flora. Justine is a good name for you, and I'd guess you are Korean.

  10. Dara 206 February 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    hi Dr. Lee …please spell for me what you put on the cotton ball,. my cat acne is really bad, all hair fall off, all pink and bleeding because he scratch, I wipe off with water, he hurt and run away from me, so you have any other idea what to do? thank you Dr. Lee

  11. Gee Thorn February 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I highly recommend and exfoliation type clearasil pad or as we had back then, a buff puff. This is a must to exfoliate the dead skin cells and make it easier to remove with a blackhead remover that can be found at any beauty supply store. We would clean the area with a clearasil pad. If it was cycstic acne, we would gently exfoliate, and then We would apply a cornstarch and water paste to dry the acne out. Once it had a head on it, we would gently remove with the blackhead remover and follow up with a clearasil pad.

  12. Carrie Leung March 20, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Hi Dr Li, my cat has acnes ( next to her both eyes ) as she has allergy eyes and has brown discharge whenever she's stressed. Is that possible that cat could have acnes / blackhead / whitehead anywhere on the face ? Thank you … she seems to be really ok while one is getting bigger now

  13. thanu t March 28, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    thx i m trying on my cat right now, hope it work….i have a appointment with my vet next week .

  14. She doesn't have a pimple on her chin she has one on top of her left ear. I'm starting to wonder if it's dangerous or just a mosquito bite. Can someone please help me??

  15. Анна Меркушева August 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply


  16. Anna Galgano August 29, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Lee, with this treatment my cat is finally cured!!!!

  17. Deej Wilson August 30, 2017 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Hello, I was given Mal-A-Ket. I was also given murocin ointment. I do not know which order to use as the Mal A Ket is terrible on him. Am I supposed to use the Mal A Ket then clean in a while. It is very staining. I will admit I am not consistent. It is supposed to be twice a day and the murocin ointment is BID as well. I try to use warm water as well and I am concerned as I dont seem to see a real improvement. I have switched bowls, house is clean. other cat is good. I do believe a bee sting triggered this problem. He had a large blister on his lower lip gum and although it is gone, the chin acne continues to be a problem. I really hope this does not hurt him or hurt when I treat him.

  18. Mary Shimek September 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Good advice. Used to work for a veterinarian. We also advised taking away plastic bowls.

  19. BellamymotherfuckingBlake October 16, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    My cat got Feline Herpes from our other two cats, and now he also has Feline Acne I'm sure because of the FH and that now he immune system is weaker. I'm going to try these home remedies 🙂

  20. Ilovemarkharmon December 30, 2017 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I'm glad I saw this video. I just saw a video of some goober squeezing pimples on a hairless cat's tail. Seriously? Please tell me that they shouldn't be squeezing those pimples. That poor cat. Thank you for your video.

  21. Not Jan May 26, 2018 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I have NEVER used plastic dishes but my kitty has chin acne. Will try the witch hazel and hope for the best. Thanks for the tip.

  22. Britt J June 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    What about coconut oil on a cotton ball? My cat always has chin acne and she is in atopica for a long time for her allergies. I buy rabbit cat food and have tried many others. But her allergies and itching help with the atopica but the chin acne doesn’t go away and she has been checked and it’s not anything harmful just chin acne. I don’t know what to do. And is atopica okay for her to be on long term. I mean she has been on it from probably a year now and I can’t wean her off as she has reactions if she’s off it even if I skip a day.

  23. Adriana Khodayari June 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    How about styrofoam plates?

  24. Audrey Ceropin August 17, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

    I hear this often.. Caused by plastic… My cat has acne yet has never had a plastic bowl… My cats have stainless steel bowls..😕

  25. Vincent the Mortician August 18, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

    My cat has a big pump on his chin it doesn't look like a tumour but it hurts him when you even gently touch it. When I try to pop it it bleeds but sometimes pus comes out…

  26. Suchi Saxena September 12, 2018 at 3:56 am - Reply

    The witch hazel I have says it contains 14% natural grain alcohol, and I’ve read that many types of alcohol are bad for pets. Is it safe to use on my cat?

  27. Art blender September 16, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    we feed our cat from the same bowls we eat from
    hey sometimes poverty can be good! lol
    cats eat before us xD we love our bab's.

  28. Heather Garvey September 22, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Stridex pads contain salicylic acid, which can be toxic to cats. Every other resource I've seen suggests chlorhexidine, for which you can get specifically-pet-safe wipes.

  29. mansonsmom September 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this video!

  30. WitchEssential October 27, 2018 at 2:13 am - Reply

    We use metal bowls for my kitty, and his blackheads are pretty severe. He has this weird addiction to eating plastic food wrappings (we try to hide them away as much as possible but he still finds a way) could that also cause the breakouts?

  31. Bob Rice November 11, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

    my Cat has quite a large black spot and surrounding issues that look like the pictures that I have seen of Feline acne on her chin, I think that similar is starting to appear on her cheek, is this likely, thank you for the advice in the video, it is quite reassuring, she eats from a proper dish, but has been having dry food left out in a Hard plastic dish, this will be removed straight away, are Stainless steel dishes acceptable?, thanks again

  32. Adriana Nino Artigas November 27, 2018 at 3:30 am - Reply

    How can I tell if my cat has his if she is black. I can’t see black on black!

  33. KarrienaB December 1, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your straightforward, honest information! Everything else I’ve come across while researching this in hope of helping my cat has led to either pharmaceutical companies pushing their products, or appalling photos/videos of random creeps “self-treating” (removing) the blackheads or cyst at the expense of the cat’s safety. I now know the first steps to take clearing Duncan’s chin; He’ll be very happy if this does the trick and saves him an unnecessary car-trip to the vet! 😊🐾

  34. Doomzyy December 12, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    My cat has metal bowls and still gets it?? Also has like a little bump on lip area 😞

Leave A Response »

Skip to toolbar