Is Licorice Root Really Your Skin’s New Best Friend?

Licorice root If you thought licorice  root  is  just a sticky black candy, you and your skin are in for  some great news.  Licorice root  has been used for 4000 years in Egyptian  and Chinese  medicine to reduce inflammation and even out  skin color.  Grown in warm sunny climates, licorice root has different chemical compounds that have been shown to be effective for a wide range  of health problems, both inside and out.

Licorice root has a long and impressive list of benefits.  It has been used successfully to treat tooth decay, gum infections, stomach ulcers, sore throat and indigestion.  On the skin  a 1-2 %  licorice gel can relieve  seriously irritated skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and especially rosacea. Licorice can also inhibit production of melanin, making it a natural yet  effective alternative  to hydroquinone. Not only can it gently even off skin tone, it can  be  safely used  to deal with under eye dark circles.

Selecting The Right Licorice  Root Skin Care Product

You need to take your time selecting the right licorice skin care formulation for your specific needs. You will rarely find the word licorice on the list of ingredients. Rather the labels use the  specific  licorice extract used in the  product– and each compound solves  a unique problem:

* Glycyrrhizia  is the powerhouse ingredient  to reduce irritation.  Examples of products with  this compound  include Eucerin Redness Relief line and SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture.

* Glabridin inhibits the production of melanin  and its a wonderful skin brightener.  Examples  of glabridin rich  products include Eyelift Cellular Renewal Cream ( Suki) and Meladerm Pigment Reducing Complex ( Civant Skin Care)

* Licohalone  can reduce oiliness, eliminate bacteria  and quiet acne breakouts. An example of this type of licorice root product  is Moisturizer.

One final bit of advice–  Studies have shown that products with 1-2% licorice root compounds to be truely  effective.  This information is usually not provided by the manufacturer, but you  should check out the position of the  licorice compound on the label. The closer to the  top of the list  of ingredients, the  higher the concentration.



4 thoughts on “Is Licorice Root Really Your Skin’s New Best Friend?

  1. Hi – I am a new follower. I found your blog on another blog that I visit frequently. Thanks for this great post. I have uneven skin tone and dark circles. This looks like its worth giving it a try to see how it work. Thanks for sharing this information.

  2. Good article, always have love Licorice. As an esthetician we have been using this ingredient for a while, really does seem to help even skin tone a bit,

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