Most of us have experienced the odd spot in our hormonally charged teens and early twenties. But what if teen acne turns into adult acne and starts affecting your skin confidence? What if your period breakouts continue well into your thirties and forties? What if you have your first breakout during perimenopause, is leaving you desperately searching for a cure?

If this sounds like you, we can help.

What is Acne?

Acne is an inflammatory condition involving our oil (sebaceous) glands. It varies from an oily T-zone full of annoying blackheads or whiteheads to more inflamed papules (spots with no pus), pustules (spots with pus) and deep cysts, which can leave permanent pitted scarring if not treated in time.

What causes Acne?

Spots occur when pores become clogged with excess oil (sebum), old skin cells and bacteria – like a traffic jam. (Pores act as the openings of hair follicles with the sebaceous glands). We must always keep pores clear to allow oil to flow smoothly to the surface, lubricating the skin and keeping it soft and supple, just like the free flow of traffic!

However, if your sebaceous glands are supersensitive to the stroppy hormone androgen, they overproduce oil (especially during periods of hormonal change), causing a blockage at the opening of the hair follicle – hello to spots! It’s like slow-moving traffic leading to tailbacks. It stops the flow of traffic, and then there’s a traffic jam!


Science understands the cause of problem skin, but isn’t so good at preventing it. At Tej & Co, we take the corneotherapy approach that spots are a symptom of an underlying cause – your skin is just the site of the response. Here are some suggestions on what could be winding up your oversensitive oil glands:

  • Internal factors: hormones, stress, diet, medication, low levels of omega-six in sebum
  • External factors: picking, pollution, over-cleansing, over-exfoliation.
  • Genetics: Inherited sensitivity to androgen.
  • Hormone upheaval: puberty, life changes, stress, post-pill, menopause.

How corneotherapists treat problem skin?

Have over-the-counter medications tempted you? We hope they didn’t make your skin worse. Their short-term approach targets bacteria only, drying out the acne and stripping the skin barrier. But you can’t dry out oil topically – it comes from the inside. No wonder they fail.

At Tej & Co, we achieve outstanding long-term results from our inside-out approach, preventing both acne and scarring. Your anti-acne treatment plan will strengthen your skin barrier and stop your skin from responding to badly behaving hormones:

LED Phototherapy

A course on non-invasive LED reduces two main causes of acne: inflammation and p-acnes bacteria. LED takes down inflammation and stops that chain of events leading to acne; it also speeds up cell renewal to help fade post-spot staining (PIH) and helps spots heal more quickly.

Bespoke Skincare

Dermaviduals works with Mother Nature, not against it – no harsh cleansers or AHAs that mess with your finely tuned microbiome. If you strip oil (sebum), you’ll upset the balance of good and bad bacteria, causing inflammation that leads to spots. Don’t do it! Dermaviduals feed and nurture the skin to prevent irritation that slows down healing.

Bespoke Facials

After a detailed skin consultation to address the root cause of your problem skin, we will devise bespoke facial treatments to calm inflammation, speed up cell turnover and balance your skin’s oil production.


Diet does not cause acne, but some foods can worsen symptoms, so never underestimate the link between gut and skin health. Acne is an inflammatory condition, so avoid inflammatory foods such as processed foods, dairy, gluten and foods high in refined sugar, which raise your blood sugar levels and wind up your oversensitive oil glands. Sorry.

You may have left teenage angst behind, but your oil glands are still hyper-sensitive. Adult acne is on the rise in Western cultures – blame stress and processed foods for inflaming the body and overstimulating androgens and oil glands. 

Don’t try squeezing these hormonal spots – the blockage is too deep. Adult acne is far more inflammatory and takes longer to heal, so avoid spot creams formulated for teenagers with oilier, thicker skin, which dry out your skin barrier and further inflame your skin – concentrate on soothing the skin instead.

We hear you – they are so annoying. A build-up of melanin causes pigmented or dark marks known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) after the spot has healed. Although not permanent, they can take months or years to disappear due to inflammation deep in the skin. Dark skin tones, pickers and those on the pill are more prone, so protect your skin from sun exposure and book in for a course of LED to speed up cell renewal. 

Your therapist may have to adapt your treatments during pregnancy and concentrate on personalised home care. Don’t worry – we have great results just from skincare and lifestyle changes.


No one should have to suffer from acne. Book a skin consultation at Tej & Co so we can decipher your triggers before devising your bespoke treatment plan. Let’s work together to rebalance your skin and restore your confidence.