Liquorice in skincare?

Liquorice is akin to Marmite—eliciting either love or disdain. However, the debate over its taste is inconsequential here because we're not discussing its consumption; we're delving into its application on your skin.

When incorporated into formulations, Liquorice proves adept at managing redness, flushing, and various types of inflammation, making it an excellent choice for alleviating symptoms associated with breakouts and Rosacea.

In fact, Liquorice is often preferred over the conventional redness-reducing stalwarts—hydroquinone and retinoids. Why? Both hydroquinone and retinoids, despite their efficacy, come with noteworthy (albeit occasionally exaggerated) side effects and can be irritating to the skin. Liquorice even stands up to the challenge posed by azelaic acid, making it a consideration for those grappling with Rosacea.

Liquorice encompasses two active components—glabridin, an inhibitor of tyrosinase (the enzyme responsible for pigmentation), and glycyrrhetinic acid, hailed for its seemingly mythical prowess in soothing a distressed epidermis. Beyond its recognized anti-inflammatory capabilities, Liquorice exhibits anti-allergic, anti-viral, and antibacterial benefits.

Why should you care? Well, you might if you aim to diminish skin redness during breakouts or wish to utilize potent actives that might typically induce irritation. For instance, in our BHA exfoliating serum, we incorporate Liquorice to counteract potential irritation from Salicylic acid, effectively addressing breakouts without exacerbating inflammation—a counterproductive outcome.

So, if reducing skin redness is on your agenda, consider exploring products infused with Liquorice.

Pro tip: On an ingredients list, Liquorice extract might appear under the name dipotassium glycyrrhizate, a fact not immediately apparent.

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