Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is well-know for its skin-soothing effect. In addition, licorice root may improve uneven skin tone and brighten the skin complexion.
It contains the compound glabridin, which is a potent antioxidant and skin-soothing ingredient. It may help sensitive and/or inflamed skin.
Glycyrrhizin, an active in the licorice root, has a strong anti-inflammatory activity that is similar to cortisol and steroids. Steroids are commonly used drugs in treating inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
For centuries, Licorice root has been used to treat a wide variety of inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and other conditions characterized by inflammation and itch.
Egyptians have been using licorice root since the 3rd century B.C for calming the irritated and dry skin.
Licorice root extract may help to reduce pigmentation due to sun exposure and/or scars.
Licorice may improve the growth of the hair and reduce hair loss. The amazing demulcent (relieves inflammation or irritation) properties of licorice help in soothing the scalp by reducing various scalp conditions such as scabs and dandruff. A study showed that a herbal shampoo formulated with Licorice extract was beneficial in scalp irritation including itch, dandruff, spout, and so on.