Skin has a long memory – a misspent youth of sunbeds and tanning will eventually catch up with your face twenty years later. But discovering your first sunspot can knock your skin confidence just as much as your first fine line. If pigmentation makes your skin tone dull, uneven and muddy, we can help.

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What is Pigmentation?​

Which type of pigmentation is bothering you?

Age/Sun spots: the clue is in the name. They are mostly common after 40 years of age on sun-exposed skin such as the chest, face and hands. Sun spots are flat, light or dark brown in colour, and well-defined; they can appear in small patches, clusters or big patches.

Melasma: brown patches across the cheeks, nose, and forehead, which are more common in darker-skin-toned women. Melasma is linked to sun exposure and hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy, birth control or medication, making skin super sensitive to UV rays.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH): skin darkening caused by inflammation (acne, psoriasis, eczema) or skin trauma (burns, peels, facial scrubs), which is often made worse by sun exposure.

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What causes Pigmentation?​

The pigment melanin is the good guy in your skin cells; it gives you your natural skin colour and protects your skin from UV radiation. So, when you get a sun tan, this is usually a warning sign of future cell damage.

However, a double-whammy of UV exposure and inflammation overstimulates the pigment-producing melanocyte cells, and they go rogue, ramping up the production of excess pigment in your skin. Then it’s hello to dark spots.


During your consultation, we will discover what has wound up your delicate melanocytes.









How corneotherapists treat PIGMENTATION?

At Tej &  Co, we want our clients to look fabulous forever, so we don’t offer quick-fix peels that damage the skin barrier and lead to premature ageing.

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Bespoke Skincare

Dermaviduals custom-blended skincare prepares your skin for each treatment and maintains results. We recommend Dermaviduals because it is free from irritants that can inflame the skin and trigger hyperpigmentation, such as perfume, acid or grainy scrubs. Corneotherapists always have one eye on your future skin: if we start soon enough, we can prevent sun spots from coming to the surface. The potent actives in your bespoke serum will kick your melanocytes into shape and make them behave.

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Bespoke Facials

Instead, we reduce pigmentation over time with personalised treatments to change how your melanocytes work. Melanocytes live deep in the epidermis, and melanin pigment is dispersed between all skin layers, so we need to treat all layers of the skin.

Unlike OTC skincare brands, our job is to manage expectations – avoiding the sun and heat is virtually impossible unless you live in a cave. So, we need to work together to stop pigmentation from returning. Our treatments will calm inflammation that has wound up your pigment cells, then speed up cell turnover to bring fresh new cells to the surface. Your job is to wear SPF and a hat.


We can help reduce pigmentation between November and May, but it might start to reappear over the summer without sun protection.

Pigmentation spots that are a few shades darker than your natural skin tone usually fade within 6 to 12 months. However, darker spots can take years to fade due to the pigment being deeper down in the skin layers.

Lighter skin tones are more prone to sunspots due to a lack of natural protection (melanin) in their skin from the sun. Everyone has the same number of melanocyte cells, but some melanocyte cells get more carried away than others, producing more melanin.

In contrast, darker skin tones are more prone to PIH because their melanocyte cells overreact, producing more melanin pigment, especially after acne symptoms. Therefore, we recommend you stock up on SPF and avoid direct sunlight. If not, the combination of inflammation and UV exposure will leave behind dark spots long after acne has healed.

The melanocyte cells are located right at the bottom of the epidermis, so don’t be fooled by overpriced anti-pigmentation serums – they simply can’t penetrate deep enough to reach the melanocyte. You need a combination of quality skincare products and treatments to tackle all layers of the skin when treating pigmentation.

We can reduce pregnancy pigmentation over time, but new pigment forms every month without daily preventative measures. Don’t worry – we have this. We recommend an antioxidant-rich serum under your SPF to supercharge your protection and a series of LED treatments to renew and restore what life takes out. (Thankfully, your clever skin is a self-renewing organ).


No one should let pigmentation cramp their style. Book a skin consultation at Tej & Co so we can decipher your triggers before devising your bespoke treatment plan. Let’s work together to restore your confidence.