Current research shows promise for several of licorice root’s medicinal uses.
May aid skin conditions
Licorice root contains over 300 compounds, some of which demonstrate potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral effects .
In particular, animal and test-tube studies link glycyrrhizin to anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.
As a result, licorice root extract is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema.
In a 2-week study in 60 adults, applying a topical gel containing licorice root extract significantly improved eczema.
Though topical licorice gels have also been used to treat acne, research on its effectiveness is mixed and quite limited .