Feline acne is a common skin disease that affects these pets where cats of any age, breed, and gender may be affected.
It occurs when hair follicles get pugged leading to the formation of blackheads which will often appear as brown or black dirt-like substances commonly noted on a cat’s chin. However, they may also appear on other areas including on the lips, eyelids, around the mouth, on skin folds, and near the tail base
Besides blackheads, it is possible for whiteheads and other forms of acne to appear including severe forms such as pimples, cysts, and other lesions that may be painful and maybe by bleeding, draining, the formation of crust and scabbing.
We have looked at cat acne causes as well as home remedies or treatment. We will be focusing on the use of acne wipes as one of the home treatments.
Why should you use these wipes?
How they will work depends on their active ingredients. Some have antimicrobial properties while others have salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or even a combination as well as other ingredients including aloe vera, chlorhexidine and so on.
Let us look at the effect of some of these ingredients.
1. Chlorhexidine wipes
It is used as for disinfecting surgery site as well as sterilizing surgical equipment, it has antimicrobial activity making it ideal in killing any bacteria that may result in secondary infection or worsen breakouts.
For instance, buying Pet MD Chlorhexidine Wipes with Ketoconazole and Aloe for Cats and Dogs may help deal with not only acne but also insect bites, small cuts and mild skin infections including bacterial and fungal infections.
Others with chlorhexidine include:
- Sogeval Douxo 30 Count Chlorhexidine 3-Percent
- Curaseb Chlorhexidine
- KetoWELL Chlorhexidine Wipes with Ketoconazole for Dogs & Cats
- Vet Basics ChlorConazole
- Strawfield Pets Chlorhexidine.
Furthermore, the aloe vera present will help in soothing the affected area, as well as help, heal any lesions that may have resulted.
2. Salicylic acid wipes
Pads or wipes with salicylic acid will help deal with excessive skin shedding that is likely to contribute to the clogging of pores as well as help unclog the already plugged pores and reduce lesion formation.
3. Benzoyl peroxide wipes
Those that have benzoyl peroxide will help in killing bacteria which results in lesser breakouts as well as ensuring no pore-clogging occurs. Therefore, brands that have this ingredient will do just that.
Before buying any brand, you must ensure it is designed for pets and specifically felines. Do not use those intended for human use.