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When it comes to skin care products, it’s all about the ingredients. The right ones can transform skin but the wrong ones can cause dryness, redness and a smattering of breakouts. Those with sensitive skin know this too well, which is why people with reactive skin are very careful about what they put on their faces. If you’re looking for a soothing ingredient that won’t irritate skin, licorice is an important one to know.
So everyone’s on the same page, we’re not talking about licorice candy, we’re talking about the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra, a plant native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. In terms of skin care, licorice is beneficial for brightening, lightening dark spots and improving skin tone, saysDr. Toral Patel, leading board-certified dermatologist in Chicago. Patel notes that licorice also contains an anti-inflammatory compound known as glycyrrhizin, which can soothe red, irritated skin.
Unlike divisive licorice candy, licorice skin care is generally well tolerated by the majority, says Patel. The exception is those with a licorice allergy or intolerance, in which case, steer clear. Those who are curious about trying the soothing ingredient can find licorice most commonly in serums and creams. Here are some of the best calming licorice beauty products to try now.