Different ways to include licorice in your skincare routine

Many herbs, including sea buckthorn, rosemary and aloe vera play an exceptional role in skincare. Along with essential skincare products, including broad-spectrum sunscreen and hydrating moisturizer, the remedies involving easily available herbs provide another level of skin protection.

Know the amazing beauty benefits of sea buckthorn and it's oil.

Licorice is another one of those herbs that exhibit potential benefits for the skin, including reducing acne, inflammation, providing skin brightening effects and making skin soft and supple. 

Follow proper routine for acne prone skin to prevent acne.

You can use this herb in DIY, customized as per your skin type. Today, Derma Essentia will explain the different ways you can use licorice to enhance your skin integrity, tone and texture.

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Licorice benefits for skin


Brightens skin: It can lighten the dark skin area which may be due to hyperpigmentation.  It is an excellent treatment for the skin spots and hyperpigmentation. It works brilliantly to lighten the skin suffering from melasma.

If you are unaware of what is melasma. Click here to know about this skin concern in little brief. 

Hide sun damage: Its application on the age spots and dark spots caused due to sunlight can make your skin smooth and light. Licorice contains UV blocking enzymes, which help to prevent future damage.

Always keep yourself safe from the harmful rays of sun. These can deeply affect your skin and leads to problems like photoaging. Therefore, along with such home remedies, also apply a good gel sunscreen everyday. 

Did you know, we need to apply sunscreen indoors. Click here to know - Why?

Fade dark scars: It assists in speeding up the healing of scars by inhibiting the production of melanin. It evens out the skin tone.

You can also try these little tricks to lighten up acne scars

Alleviate inflammation: It is helpful in relieving the swelling and redness caused due to bug bite or any other reason.

Firm and tighten skin: It is helpful in the regeneration of elastin and collagen, which makes skin smooth and elastic. It also contains amino acids that help to rehydrate and moisturize the skin.


Also, try more ways to tighten facial skin

Treat skin conditions: Many skin conditions including psoriasis and atopic dermatitis can be treated with it. The scaly patches due to these conditions can be treated with its topical use as it contains anti-inflammatory properties, which assist to decrease the itching, burning and swelling of the skin.

Treat acne: It is helpful in controlling the excess oil produced by the glands, therefore it can treat the acne which is a condition caused by excessive oil production.

Therefore, you can definitely add this herb into your acne-prone skincare routine

Heal wounds and skin infections: It has natural antifungal and antimicrobial properties, which makes it excellent for wound cleaning. It reduces the swelling and redness. It reduces the amount of bacteria thereby assists faster repair.

Along with using licorice, you can also try turmeric to heal wounds

Fight wrinkles: Licorice has UV blocking enzymes that help to rectify the UV rays damage, which can lead to wrinkles. It is full of antioxidants, which inhibit the free radicals and prevent premature skin ageing.

Home remedies of licorice for skin 

 Following are the home remedies using licorice for different skin types:

Licorice, sandalwood face pack for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin has the tendency to have inflammation. Licorice will help to fight skin problems and sandalwood will provide soothing effects to the skin.


  • Mix one tablespoon of licorice powder and half tablespoon of sandalwood powder in two tablespoons of raw milk. 
  • Apply a thick face pack on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Wash it off with cold water. 
  • You get best results by using this face pack twice a week. 

Licorice, orange & lemon face pack for oily skin

Orange and lemon fight the clogged open pores and remove the excess oil. On the other side, licorice helps to brighten the skin and provide glow.


  • Grind one orange peel. Mix one tablespoon of grinded orange peel with one tablespoon of licorice powder and one tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Apply this face mask and let it sit for five minutes. Massage it when it is left half wet. Leave it for another 10 minutes. 
  • Now wash it with normal water. In the end, spray rose water on the skin. This face mask can be used twice or thrice in a week.

In the end you must apply mattifying moisturizer, if you have oil skin. Click here to know why.

Licorice, aloe vera face pack for combination skin


  • To make the face pack, mix one tablespoon of licorice powder and one tablespoon of aloe vera pulp. 
  • Then add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix well to avoid any lumps.
  • Apply this face pack, leave for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Wash your face with normal water.  
  • You can use this face pack every other day.

know the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Licorice, honey face pack for normal skin

Normal skin people can also suffer whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and many other skin conditions. Take the help of this face pack to fight these skin issues:


  • Mix two tablespoon of licorice powder in one and a half tablespoons of honey. To this thick paste add one teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix it well. 
  • Apply this face pack on the face and neck. Keep it for 25 minutes and then wash it with cold water. For best results apply this face pack twice a week.

Incorporating licorice products in your skin care routine can be highly beneficial for your skin. It can help to fight various skin problems including premature skin ageing, sun damage and acne. Moreover, it is suitable for all skin types. People of all skin types can get its benefits through home remedies.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1. What is licorice?

Licorice is a herb. Its scientific name is Glycyrrhiza glabra and in India, it is famous with the name of Mulethi. From ancient times, this herb is used for its medicinal properties. Along with medicinal properties, this herb also exhibits potential skin rejuvenating properties. 

2. Does licorice lighten skin?

Glabridin is one of the most potent active compounds of licorice root extract. It has skin lightening properties and inhibits the formation of enzyme tyrosinase that makes skin dark on sun exposure.

3. Is licorice good for pigmentation?

Licorice Root interrupts the enzymes responsible for the activation of melanin production. Therefore, it is a natural skin whitening agent. It improves the dark spots and prevents future hyperpigmentation.

4. Is licorice good for oily skin?

Licorice is ideal for oily or acne-prone skin. Its root produces licochalcone, which helps to control the production of oil.

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