Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) 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. It also has proven to be a key ingredient in lightening hyperpigmentation.