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I am sorry Max has this issue. It sounds like feline acne:
It is usually due to clogged sebaceous gland which are common in older cats.
You can dab on a bit of vaseline to loosen it up and then wipe it away with a q-tip.
Max may also be a little underhdrated. Try some canned food
Give him one tsp a day of fish oil like from a can of tuna or salmon. He can also have a half tsp of plain yogurt every day for good baceria.
Switch to metal or glass dishes as plastic promotes feline acne.
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