Ingredient Spotlight: Licorice

Licorice is an amazing skin care ingredient that benefits many different skin types and conditions. Licorice has been used medicinally for thousands of years in many areas of the world including ancient China, India, Greece, Egypt, Rome and the Americas. Traditionally it was used to heal a range of ailments from stomach upset to respiratory problems. More recently, studies have shown licorice to have antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor properties.

Acne

Licorice’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great ally for treating acne. Licorice has shown to both kill the bacteria that causes acne as well as control oil production in the skin, making it a great alternative to BPO (benzoyl peroxide) for more sensitive skin. Some of our favorite products containing licorice for acne prone skin are Visual Changes Skin Clearing Cleanser and Skin Clearing Gel 10%. For more sensitive acne prone skin we like BiON Bacteriostat Cleanser. We also recomend Rhonda Alison Growth Factor Gel for hydrating acne prone skin. This gel promotes healing of acne while the licorice in it also helps fade dark acne marks a.k.a. Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) which leads us to our next section. 

Hyperpigmentation

We love licorice for its ability to lighten hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the skin. We have seen licorice’s ability to do this first hand with the many great products we offer, however, clinical studies such as this one, are backing up our findings. Some of our favorite skin lightening products containing licorice include Visual Changes Skin Lightening Cream, PurErb Brightening Bar for Face and Body, Sorrella Apothecary Daily Greens (we love this brightening moisturizer!), and Sorella Apothecary Lemon Lightening Serum.

Dermatitis

Finally, licorice has also shown to be effective at treating atopic dermatitis. Our favorite cleanser containing licorice for people who are prone to eczema and dermatitis is Face Reality Ultra Gentle Cleanser and can be followed with Face Reality Clearderma for hydration, which also contains licorice.