By | October 24, 2010

Acne is seen during the “teenage” months of your dog (four months to approximately one year of age) and is often self limiting. Acne is caused by the inflammation of the hair follicle and may be observed as dark bumps on the nose and chin. Treatment is simple and offers relief for this itchy disease.

Clinical Signs:  Dark bumps on chin and nose, black heads, reddened areas, rubbing nose on furniture, swelling, severe itching and pain. Rottweilers, bulldogs, and boxers are breeds that are predisposed to acne.

Diagnosis: A visit to your veterinarian will rule out other skin disorders. A thorough history and the evaluation of a skin scraping and hair follicle under a microscope will help diagnose acne.

Treatment: Acne is a rather benign diagnosis and can be treated with a topical medication containing benzoyl peroxide. Do not substitute human acne treatments due to the higher concentrations of additives that are contraindicated in dogs. Twice weekly bathing with a shampoo containing benzoyl peroxide will help relieve symptoms rapidly.

Clinical terms: acnea visit to your veterinarian will rule out other skin disorders such as demodex or other mange