licorice extract

Plant Extracts , Anti-Irritants

Plant extract that has anti-inflammatory properties. [1] In addition, licorice root contains constituents that interrupt the stimulation of an enzyme that activates melanin production, so this part of the plant can be effective for improving dark spots and hyperpigmentation. [2,3]

Licorice has shown to have efficacy against acne-causing bacteria. [598] One of its components, known as glabridin, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient, which is why licorice often shows up in products meant for sensitive, reddened skin. [4,5]

References Cited:

  1. Rahnama M, Mehrabani D, Japoni S, Edjtehadi M, Saberi M. The healing effect of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) on Helicobacter pylori infected peptic ulcers. J Res Med Sci. 2013;18(6):532-533.
  2. Ebanks J, Wickett R, Boissy R. Mechanisms Regulating Skin Pigmentation: The Rise and Fall of Complexion Coloration. Int J Mol Sci.. 2009;10(9):4066-4087.
  3. Davis E, Callender V. Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2010;3(7):20-3.
  4. Simmler C, Pauli G, Chen S. Phytochemistry and biological properties of glabridin. Fitoterapia. 2013;90:160-84.
  5. Veratti E, Rossi T, Giudice S, Benassi L, Bertazzoni G, Morini D, Azzoni P, Bruni E, Giannetti A, Magnoni C. 18beta-glycyrrhetinic acid and glabridin prevent oxidative DNA fragmentation in UVB-irradiated human keratinocyte cultures. Anticancer Res. 2011;31(6):2209-15.
See glycyrrhetic acid

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