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Licorice Root Brightens Skin and Lightens Dark Spots

Licorice root (glycyrrhiza glabra) extract is a skincare ingredient well-known for its skin whitening effects. Scientifically licorice root has also been proven to have many other skin benefits.

The Skin Benefits of Licorice Root

Licorice root is beneficial for the treatment of acne vulgaris. It speeds up the skin healing process and reduces the post-acne hyperpigmentation. Licorice root is one of the active ingredients in Anti Blemish Clarifying Serum.

Studies showed that licorice root has anti-irritant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, skin brightening and anti-ageing properties. Clinical trials indicated that licorice root reduces the melanin production in the skin, remarkably lightens dark spots (hyperpigmentation) and brightens the skin tone. It also boosts the collagen production, lightens the appearance of wrinkles, and helps prevent oxidative damage and UV-induced skin ageing.

Two other skincare ingredients which have been proven to be very effective for brightening skin tone and lightening dark spots are n-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide. For best skin whitening effects, these two ingredients must be combined together. Even better, studies also showed that niacinamide and n-acetyl glucosamine work in partnership to dramatically reduce the signs of skin ageing and photodamage.

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Author:

Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.

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Scientific Sources: (1) Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: A Review of the Epidemiology, Clinical Features, and Treatment Options in Skin of Color, Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, July 16, 2010. (2) Phytocomplexes from liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra L.) leaves--chemical characterization and evaluation of their antioxidant, anti-genotoxic and anti-inflammatory activity, Fitoterapia, 2011 Jun: 82(4): 546-56. (3) A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulation for the Individual Patient, 2003, 312-317. (4) Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, The Royal Horticultural Society, 2002, 226-227. (5) The inhibitory effect of glabridin from licorice extracts on melanogenesis and inflammation, Pigment Cell Research 1998 Dec: 11(6): 355-61. (6) Mechanisms Regulating Skin Pigmentation: The Rise and Fall of Complexion Coloration, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2009 Sep; 10(9): 4066–4087. (7) Glycerolic Licorice Extracts as Active Cosmeceutical Ingredients: Extraction Optimization, Chemical Characterization, and Biological Activity, Antioxidants (Basel), 2019 Oct; 8(10): 445. (8) Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis, and G. inflata) and Their Constituents as Active Cosmeceutical Ingredients, Cosmetics, 2022, 9(1), 7. (9) Licorice in the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris and Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation: A Review, Journal of Pharmaceutical Care, Vol 8, No 4 (Autumn 2020).

 

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