1. Kathy Trnka said:

    I read where castor oil is an effective topical treatment for feline acne?

    I have tried everything (including coconut oil) to no avail, I tried the castor oil and found that it is effective in cleaning the tiny blackheads off of the fur (it seems almost impossible to get those wiped off) it seems to dissolve the blackheads more than anything else I have tried.

    I clean the chin with soapy warm washcloth. Then I rub in the castor oil with a cotton ball, and then clean off as much as possible with another (very) warm washcloth, and repeat.

    I realize they may ingest a small amount if they work hard at cleaning their chin, but have had no bouts of diarrhea yet!

    However the acne soon returns if you don’t keep up the treatment, so it is not a cure but it sure helps in cleaning and is supposed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which is beneficial with skin problems!

    January 27, 2018
    • Hi Kathy! Thanks for your message and for sharing your story. Castor oil would definitely be effective here. Just as you mentioned, it’s very rich in ricinoleic acid which is a super fatty acid with antibacterial and antifungal properties.

      We have not written about cat chin acne, but we will within the next two weeks so make sure to check back around with us. It is very uncomfortable for kitties and we’re happy to hear you are doing a great job washing your cat’s chin correctly.

      If the cat chin acne persists for more than a week, you should consult a vet. They may recommend including a benzyl peroxide treatment with antibiotics to prevent infection. And you definitely want to avoid infection! Until then, the castor oil warm washes will gently clean the cat’s chin and should help to avoid infection for the moment, but we would recommend seeing a vet for proper medical treatment. Thanks again and best of luck!

      January 28, 2018

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