The Lesser-known Skin Soother: Licorice Root Extract


The Lesser-known Skin Soother: Licorice Root Extract

The Lesser-known Skin Soother: Licorice Root Extract

By Anupriya Jamuar 


While A-listed ingredients like niacinamide have a strong PR game, other rising stars like licorice root extract has stayed away from the limelight. When it comes to anti-inflammatory skincare, this talented ingredient does a wonderful job of soothing and brightening your skin; a much-welcomed relief for people with acne and sensitivity.


Licorice root extract not only reduces dark spots but also calms your skin down. Let’s have a quick breakdown of this lesser-known skin soothing ingredient and why it should be a must-have in your skincare routine.


Reduces Dark Spots 

Quite simply, licorice root extract reduces dark spots by inhibiting the production of an enzyme that produces melanin, i.e. the reason for your pigmentation. Look closely and you will see a lot more skin brightening products with this ingredient, as it pairs well with other antioxidants like niacinamide and vitamin C (a fan favourite duo).

So, the plant that gives you your favourite black licorice candy also provides you with skincare benefits.


A Gentler Alternative To Hydroquinone 

With a long list of skin brightening benefits, and equally popular side effects have made hydroquinone notorious. The good news is that licorice root extract works similarly to hydroquinone, sans the side effects and safety concerns, making it much safer for your skin.

Along with reducing hyperpigmentation and soothing skin, it also protects your skin from premature ageing due to the UV rays.


It Deserves Your Attention 

You would often find it alongside vitamin C and niacinamide in both serum and cream formulations. Use it as a dark spot treatment to reduce hyperpigmentation and acne. If you have inflamed, itchy skin, use it to soothe the inflammation and reduce sensitivity. 

You can use it topically like any other skincare product, up to twice a day depending on your skin type and tolerance.