The Power of Licorice Root Extract for Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, a common skin condition characterized by dark patches or spots, can be a source of frustration for many. While there are various treatments available, one natural remedy that has gained attention for its potential benefits is licorice root extract. In this blog, we'll delve into why I use licorice root extract in a few of Fazed by Nature's products, the science behind licorice root extract, and explore its potential as a solution for hyperpigmentation.

Understanding Hyperpigmentation:
Before we explore the benefits of licorice root extract, let's first understand what hyperpigmentation is and what causes it. Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for giving skin its color. This overproduction can be triggered by factors such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, inflammation or injury to your skin, and certain medications.

The Role of Licorice Root Extract:
Licorice root extract, derived from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. One of its key components, glabridin, has been found to possess skin-lightening properties.

Glabridin works by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, which is involved in the production of melanin. By inhibiting this enzyme, glabridin helps to reduce the synthesis of melanin, thereby lightening dark spots and evening out skin tone.

Additionally, licorice root extract has anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing redness and irritation associated with hyperpigmentation.

Scientific Evidence:
Numerous studies have investigated the efficacy of licorice root extract in treating hyperpigmentation. A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that a topical formulation containing licorice extract significantly improved hyperpigmentation in participants with melasma, a common form of hyperpigmentation.

Another study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology evaluated the effects of a cream containing licorice extract on post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The researchers found that the cream led to a significant reduction in dark spots and improved overall skin tone.

Furthermore, research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences has highlighted the antioxidant properties of licorice root extract, which can help protect the skin from oxidative stress and damage caused by UV radiation.

Using Licorice Root Extract:
Licorice root extract is available in various forms, including creams, serums, toners and masks. When incorporating licorice root extract into your skincare routine, it's essential to choose products that contain a sufficient concentration of the active ingredient, such as glabridin.

It's also important to note that while licorice root extract can be effective in treating hyperpigmentation, results may vary depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. Consistency and patience are key when using any skincare treatment.

In addition to topical applications, consuming licorice root extract orally may also offer benefits for skin health. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplements, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications.

Safety Considerations:
While licorice root extract is generally considered safe for topical use, it's essential to be aware of potential side effects, especially for individuals with sensitive skin. Some people may experience irritation or allergic reactions when using products containing licorice extract. It's advisable to perform a patch test before applying any new skincare product to the entire face.

Furthermore, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as hypertension or hormonal imbalances, should exercise caution when using licorice root extract internally, as it may interact with medications or exacerbate existing health issues.

Licorice root extract offers a natural and potentially effective solution for treating hyperpigmentation. Its ability to inhibit melanin production, reduce inflammation, and protect the skin from oxidative damage makes it a valuable addition to any skincare routine.

However, it's essential to approach skincare with caution and consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional before starting any new treatment regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

By harnessing the power of licorice root extract, you can achieve brighter, more even-toned skin and regain confidence in your complexion.


Here are a few of our products that contain licorice root extract.



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2. Sarkar R, Arora P, Garg KV. Cosmeceuticals for Hyperpigmentation: What is Available? Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 2013;6(1):4-11.

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4. Nerya O, Vaya J, Musa R, Izrael S, Ben-Arie R, Tamir S. Glabrene and Isoliquiritigenin as Tyrosinase Inhibitors from Licorice Roots. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2003;51(5):1201-1207.

5. Sarangarajan R, Meera S, Rukkumani R, Sankar P, Anuradha G, Vijayalakshmi S, Lakshmi B. Protective Role of Glabridin on Dermal Fibroblasts Subjected to UVA and UVB Irradiation. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research. 2010;2(12):791-797.


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