Ingredient Focus: How Licorice Extract Fades Hyperpigmentation and Brightens the Complexion

Licorice root extract (scientific name Glycyrrhiza glabra) has long been used in Asian medicine for its health benefits. In skincare, studies have shown that licorice can be used to treat eczema and atopic dermatitis. If you’re lucky not to have to deal with either, licorice can still be good for you! In fact, it’s popular for its ability to fade dark marks and brighten the overall complexion.

The magic behind the benefits of licorice for your skin is in the component called glabridin, which acts to suppress the enzyme that causes the skin to darken. Specifically, it helps decrease the production of melanin, resulting in the prevention and fading of dark spots. The result? A glowing and even-toned complexion!

What’s more, the component licochalcone in licorice helps regulate the skin’s oil production while defending your skin against free radicals. How awesome it that? Not only does licorice give you balanced skin, it also keeps your skin free from fine lines and wrinkles.

Last but not the least, licorice has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great ingredient if your skin needs some extra TLC. Acne-prone skin types will definitely enjoy licorice in their products because of this effect. However, that’s not to say that licorice is only for acne-prone skin types, because it does more than just soothing and calming down the skin. If you want to start incorporating licorice root extract into your routine, look no further. Below, we list down some of our favorite licorice-infused products!


We have the By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water, which removes dead skin cells and encourages the formation of new ones, leading to faster fading of pigmentation. It’s highly recommended for those struggling with uneven skin texture (read: whiteheads) and dark marks.


If you don’t want to explore acids yet, we also have the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. It not only brightens the complexion but also hydrates and soothes the skin using licorice and a combination of other plant-based extracts. This bestseller has won numerous awards from all over the world because of its ability to nurse the skin back to a healthy state.


Another stellar product that contains licorice is the ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner. With a whopping 10% licorice, it gives you that extra dose of luminosity while hydrating and keeping your skin soothed and plumped. If erasing dark marks is your number one priority, the ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner would be a great partner to your vitamin C serum. And did you know that this once had a 2000-person wait list on Sokoglam? Yes, true story. So while it’s still in stock, get yours now!

Licorice root extract has powerful effects and can be of great help when it comes to nursing the skin back to health. A natural ingredient that has been used for centuries, this is a safe bet for all skin types, even sensitive!

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