Let’s clear this up: I am in no way endorsing licorice as a candy. I think it’s literally vomit-inducing and you’d have to be a crazy person to actually eat black licorice for pleasure. In fact, if you do eat it for pleasure, you should probably just leave the site right now — we can’t be friends.
But damn, does licorice root deliver in the skincare department.
The only reason I bought Eminence Organics’ Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum a couple years back was because one Amazon reviewer swore it reduce the appearance of her “acne scar mustache.” After battling with my own acne scar mustache (you know, the redness underneath your nostrils from old pimples that never seems to go away because the skin in that area is so thin and sensitive) using nothing but Clean & Clear and concealer for years, this sounded promising. So promising that I could maybe even deal with the scent of licorice.
I’ve been using it for a little over two years now, so I’m officially a licorice root convert.
Do you have your own acne scar mustache (or beard, or sideburns)? Here’s why you need some licorice in your life.
Licorice root has natural brightening properties that fades dark spots, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation thanks to something called glabridin, which contains flavonoids that 1) depigment the skin and 2) block the enzyme that causes damaged skin to darken. It’s also anti-inflammatory (meaning it calms rashes, breakouts, irritation, and swelling) and has been known to treat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and dermatitis (AKA, all the skin conditions that dermatologists can’t really cure). It does all this in really small doses — even 1 - 2% is enough.
If you have oily skin, licorice root will help regulate your oil production. Of you have sensitive skin, licorice root is an amazing alternative to harsh Vitamin C brightening serums. If you have acne scars, this will be your savior. This particular product from Eminence Organics also protects from free radicals (basically, environmental damage) via Vitamins C and E.
Use this serum under your usual moisturizer morning and night, and you’ll notice more even skin tone in about two weeks. Since I’ve had it in my routine for so long, I now rotate it out with other products — but my general rule to use it at least one day a week for general brightness.
Totally worth that disgusting licorice smell, right?