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Acne in Bulldogs

What is acne?
Acne in Bulldogs is similar to acne (pimples) in humans. It commonly appears on the chin and lips of young dogs. Bulldogs seem to be at an increased risk for acne. The condition often starts at puberty (5 to 8 months of age).

What causes acne in Bulldogs?
Genetics, hormones and trauma have been suggested as causes by some. Bacteria is another cause. Bulldogs enjoy putting their faces into all kinds of strange places. Some are susceptible to topical bacterial infections. Bacteria contacting the skin especially on the chin and flews may result in acne.

Acne on a Bulldog
Acne on a Bulldog. It is clearly visible on the
middle of the chin and on his left flew.

What does it look like?
Acne looks like little pink bumps and/or blackheads. They are usually found on the chin and flews. They may become infected and pus can be expressed from these lesions.

Itching may develop and your Bullie may start rubbing his face against carpet and furniture.

What is the treatment for acne?
Acne is most often treated topically unless the case is severe. It is important that you use only the products recommended by your veterinarian, as your dog's skin is thinner and more sensitive than human skin. Many Bulldog owners follow a daily cleaning routine to care for and prevent acne. Hydrogen peroxide applied with a cotton ball is safe way to clean your Bulldog's face. Just be careful to keep it out of your Bullie's eyes. Another option is baby wipes.

In severe cases treatment with drugs may be necessary and you will need to administer pills once or twice daily for a prolonged period of time. A commonly prescribed drug is the antibiotic cephalexin.

Avoid trauma to the affected areas to limit scar formation.

Note: This document is provided for information purposes only. Lord Goliath's Bulldog Domain does not guarantee the veracity of this information. Under no circumstances should this information replace the advice of your verterinarian.