Licorice Root Extract has a long history of use as an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown it may be of benefit in skin lightening products as it contains liquiritin and isoliquertin, flavonoids containing glycosides which induce skin lightening by dispersing melanin pigment and enhancing more even pigment distribution. What's great about licorice is that it's not a skin bleacher, it's actually a skin brightener. So if you have age spots, you don't have to worry about carefully applying it just to those dark spots. Using products that contain licorice root extract or powder will lighten the dark spots and brighten your normal skin. In time, your skin tone should become smoother and more even toned. It works in this same way to fight against eczema and acne.
The coumarins in liquorice root offer anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, reducing redness and offering possible UV protection. The other flavonoids offer anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory benefits which can help decrease acne breakouts. The phytosterols can help with weather damaged skin, a reduction in inflammation, and help with repairing the skin's barrier protection.
We at Botanic Organic love this ingredient! We add 5% organic licorice root extract to both our Calendula Blossom & Rose Night Cream and our Lemon Verbena & Comfrey Nutrient Mist. 13% organic licorice root powder is added to our Honey & Licorice Daily Cleansing Mask. It has so many fabulous properties that we just keep finding more ways to use it.