licorice for skin health

Licorice is not only a delicious sweet treat, it is also a multi-faceted and hard working skin care ingredient. Here at PCA SKIN®, we formulate our products using ingredients that offer multiple skin health benefits.  Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract is just such an ingredient. It contains components that work to calm the skin and even skin tone.

Photo courtesy of http://www.heartherbs.eu.

Some important components are:

Glycyrrhetinic acid – The molecular structure of glycyrrhetinic acid is similar to that of cortisone. This might be the basis for licorice’s soothing action.

 Licochalcone – Lichochalcone reduces sebum production, inhibits 5 alpha-reductase and fights lipase, the enzyme produced by the acne bacteria that causes local irritation.

 Glabridin –  This ingredient provides calming and soothing benefits.

Find Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, with all of its many benefits, in the following PCA SKIN daily care products:

  • A&C Synergy Serum®
  • eyeXcellence
  • Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • Acne Gel
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2 Responses to licorice for skin health

  1. acne blogger says:

    i am really interested in the effects of licorice root extract. i was wondering if you cold elaborate on the complete effects. I used rRetin-a, which is a skin care product that helped me with my adult acne.

  2. Thanks for your comment. Retin-A is also a good choice for acne, although it can cause inflammation in some skin types. Acne develops due to a combination of four well-known factors: increased sebum production as a result of increased androgen (male hormone)production; abnormal keratinization within the follicles resulting in blocked follicles; increased P. acnes (the bacteria responsible for acne) and inflammation. Licorice is a good choice because of its anti-inflammatory properties in combination with its ability reduce bacteria. It also inhibits the enzyme that converts testoterone to 5-dehydrotestosterone, stopping the increase in sebum production that would result. By addressing several of the causes of acne simultaneously you can get great results without negative side effects. Using a topical product that contains licorice blended with ingredients that help to reduce cell build-up, like azelaic acid or retinol, allows you to address all four main causes at the same time. PCA SKIN acne gel and A&C synergy serum both function in this manner. Thanks again.

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