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Acne

Acne (Canine & Feline) 

Herbal remedy that helps to treat acne (pimples) and sebaceous cysts.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body. Supplements can help support and maintain the skin's ability to withstand and repair the effects of allergies, topical skin wounds and dermal dysfunction, scars, burns plus environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and bacterial and viral microorganisms. 

Acne can affect animals and usually manifest as red bumps (papules) and blackheads (comedones) that develop on the chin and lip areas.  The follicles become blocked with black sebaceous material, causing blackheads. These blackheads may become irritated, swollen & infected, leading to pustules.

While these acne spots generally don’t bother your pet, they can become infected, after which they become itchy and painful. In some cases, hair loss (alopecia) and loss of pigmentation occurs.

Sebaceous glands secrete oils (sebum) which lubricate the skin, preventing dryness & irritation. The sebaceous glands are mostly found in dorsal, eyelids, chin, on the surface of the base of the tail, lips, scrotum and prepuce and are connected to the hair follicles.

The glands also play a role in territorial marking. Cats routinely rub their faces and chins against objects and leave greasy patches.

Feline Acne

Feline Acne is far more common than canine acne and tends to be a lifelong condition that is not limited to adolescent cats. It is commonly found on the cat's chin and lips but can occur in other areas and can affect cats of any age, sex or breed. Often symptoms are so mild they go unnoticed.

In cats, acne tends to begin at around 1 year old and can become part of a cycle, occurring, disappearing and repeating. The frequency may be intermittent or fairly chronic. While the exact cause of the acne is unknown, it assumed that it is a disease where the oil glands produce excessive amounts of oil.

Canine Acne

Canine Acne is fairly uncommon, although the condition tends to be more pronounced in short-haired breeds such as boxers, bulldogs, and Rottweiler’s.  Canine acne tends to present during puberty, between 5-8 months and most likely will resolve around the 1 year mark.   

A variety of reasons can be related to or cause acne. While the exact cause may be unclear, a number of factors may be associated with the condition:

* stress

* trauma

* a weakened immune system

* food allergies

* plastic food bowls (plastic traps bacteria and plastic causes allergies)

* the presence another disease or illness

* poor grooming habits

* overactive or blocked oil glands

* disease of the oil glands resulting in excessive oil production

* skin conditions such as dermatitis

* hormonal changes

Herbal remedies:

Herbal remedies can be used to treat acne, to promote over all skin health, for the treatment of eczema and fungal infections, as anti-mutagenic as well as for their free radical scavenging effects on cysts and tumors.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

Get Well Soon – (learn more)  promotes healthy cellular response, inhibits blood vessel and cell growth in and around tumors, blocks energy to abnormal cells, provides antioxidant protection.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C content, for its support to strengthen connective tissue, muscles and joints, for free radical scavenging effects on fibroid tumors and for its antioxidant protection, to reduce inflammation in the joints, to acidify urine and may build resistance to allergies, as well as improve immune function.

Try washing your pet’s chin daily with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap. Make sure the soap is not fragranced as this may simply cause more irritation. Epson salts can also be used to clean the area followed by a gentle and natural antibacterial cleanser.

A warm compress applied to the affected area can help to unblock plugged up pores. Simply use a warm washcloth and hold it to your pets chin for a couple of minutes until the cloth is cool.

Plastic bowels should be avoided as they are porous and tend to harbor bacteria and other germs that could trigger an acne outbreak. Some pets may also be allergic to the chemicals in the plastic so opt for glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowels instead.

Acne can be a reaction to other environmental toxins such as a flea collar, pesticides, or house-hold cleaning agents. Try removing these from your pet’s environment so they can be ruled out as possible triggers.

Some pets have poor grooming habits and so cleaning your pets chin after meal times sometimes helps.

Boost your pet’s immune system with Echinacea. This will help protect your pet against acne from the inside out.

Avoid squeezing! While it may be seem tempting to squeeze your pets acne to help relieve some of their discomfort, it is never a good idea. Squeezing blackhead and pustules increase the chances of infection and could make the break-out worse.

Related Products:

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) contains green seaweed (spirulina) is used to provide critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system,  to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Hepa Protect - (learn more) is used to support liver metabolism, bile production and flow, hepatic circulation and immune function, to support the digestive system and healthy liver function by promoting the performance, tone and regulate the health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder and to normalize liver enzyme levels.

Gland Candy - (learn more) is used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands,  to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system.

Conventional Remedies:

Other conditions appear similar to acne. If you suspect acne, it is recommended that you take your pet to a holistic veterinarian for a proper diagnosis because other conditions can look similar.

Because acne can look similar in appearance to other conditions, your holistic veterinarian may take skin scrapings and fungal cultures to rule out others, which include:

Demodicosis (a type of non-contagious mange)

Ringworm

Parasites

Puppy strangles (An illness affecting young puppies)

Fungal Infections

Your veterinarian may also recommend topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide ointments and washes, topical antibiotics, steroids and oral retinoids. Oral retinoids are sometimes prescribed to cats with acne; however these can cause liver damage.

 

 



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