Do Chinese Crested Dogs get blackheads, particularly the hairless variety? Due to most breeds bearing a hearty coat of fur, it’s easy not to think about the condition of a dog’s skin aside from any rashes or dandruff.
However, those who own hairless dogs will notice things going on with their dog’s skin that others won’t.
So, do Chinese Crested Dogs get blackheads? Yes, they can. Blackheads typically develop due to dry skin. Repeated or excessive washing and scrubbing can be one cause for the dry skin, causing essential oils to be washed away. It can also be due to a bacterial skin infection or clogged pores.
Not every Chinese Crested Dog winds up with having a problem with Blackheads, but when they do- they do.
Not every case of blackheads is necessarily cured completely on every dog. Sometimes it is a reoccurring problem that can span throughout the life of the dog.
However, there are things you can do to decrease the number of blackheads on your dog’s skin and decrease the frequency of breakouts, should this appear as a life-long issue.
Can I Pop my Chinese Crested Dog’s Blackheads?
As tempting as it may be, avoid popping your dog’s blackheads. Rather than popping the blackhead and forcing the contents to come out, it’s possible that you’d be pushing it deeper into the dog’s skin.
So, this method of removal isn’t recommended as a quick fix for your Chinese Crested Dog. There are other (and far better) ways to take care of this problem without risking making it worse or damaging the surrounding tissue.
Blackhead Treatment for Chinese Crested Dogs
There are several things you can do to help remove and prevent blackheads from forming. As stated in the introduction, over-washing is not part of the solution but is part of the problem.
One bath per week is fine for your Chinese Crested Dog. Any more than that, you run the risk of removing the natural oils from its skin, drying the skin out. Dry skin devoid of its oils is a condition ample for blackhead development.
If over-bathing is not the issue, exfoliation, and moisturisation with the right products, will remove blackheads and help to prevent more from appearing.
Exfoliation is important because it removes dead skin cells that could wind up being responsible for clogging pores.
Clogged pores and clogged hair follicles create blackheads. Exfoliation removes this from becoming an issue and becoming a source of blackheads.
Here are some popular ideas that work just as well on dogs as they do on humans. You may already have them in your home. If you don’t, they’re all easily accessible.
It turns out coconut oil is incredibly good for your dog’s skin, fur, and works well as an allergen reducer. Topically, it can help to treat a variety of skin conditions and irritations.
Coconut oil helps to remove yeast or fungal infections, prevents dry skin, and clears up eczema.
You apply it to the skin once a week, allowing it to set on the skin for about five minutes. Afterward, remove any excess or lightly rinse the dog depending on how much of the dog you’ve covered.
Rinse until there is no excessive oily or slippery feel to the dog’s skin.
If you’d rather try to kill two birds with one stone, there are dog shampoo products that contain coconut oil, if you’d rather that approach. Or, you could make a blend of coconut oil and your favorite dog shampoo.
If you’re seeking to control dry skin on your Chinese Crested Dog and prevent blackheads, it’s best to avoid using shampoos and conditioners meant to be used by humans.
Moisturizing dog shampoos and conditioners will often contain substances that will help reduce dry skin and clogged pores.
Additives such as benzoyl peroxide, aloe vera, Abyssinian oil, or coconut oil will help to relieve itching or dry skin and will help to prevent the formation of dog acne and blackheads.
A sugar scrub is primarily exactly what the name suggests. Sugar Scrub is a mixture that uses granulated sugar as the abrasive exfoliating agent.
The shape of sugar granules is more rounded, making it more gentle on the skin than salts or other types of exfoliating scrubs.
Other Chinese Crested Dog’s Skin Problems
Though our main focus on this page is about blackheads, there are other skin issues to worry about with your Chinese Crested Dog. Particularly, there are two that relate to blackheads.
Hard, white sebum-filled bumps that you might find on the dog’s skin are called pearly cysts.
There’s no easy treatment or cure for pearly cysts, and they can last for months, or even years. Your vet can remove them if you desire. Fortunately, they are generally harmless to your Chinese crested dog.
This form of dog acne is caused much in the same way that blackheads are created. Whiteheads are formed when a hair follicle becomes clogged by a cocktail of oily sebum and dry skin.
What if My Chinese Crested Dog Has Pearly Cysts or Whiteheads?
The same general care for your dog’s skin that helps to conquer blackheads will also help take care of whiteheads.
By removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, making sure not to allow the Chinese crested dog to suffer from dry skin, and appropriate bathing using skin-friendly oils and ingredients, whiteheads will be removed over time.
Pearly Cysts are not something that you can manipulate away in the same manner. Your vet can physically remove them, and it is considered to be a routine, easy procedure.
Otherwise, there isn’t much that you can do- except for ensuring that your dog is eating a good, healthy diet and is not lacking nutrition.
How Do You Care for Chinese Crested skin?
So, to sum it up, prevention is much easier than trying to take care of blackheads after they appear.
- Make sure that you’re not over bathing your Chinese Crested Dog. Either twice per month or once per week at most is fine.
- Use skin products or dog-friendly oils (coconut oil) when appropriate to do so to keep your dog’s skin healthy.
- Don’t be afraid to use gentle skin scrub to assist in the exfoliation of your dog’s skin.
If you’re going to have a dog showing off its skin, you might as well make sure that you do your best to help it out and take preventative measures to avoid different skin problems on your Chinese Crested Dog.
Don’t wait until there’s too much of a problem. If you do your part taking care of your Chinese Crested Dog’s skin, it will find a way to thank you for it!