What Are the Benefits of Licorice Root for Skin?

Dr. Evan Goldstein

fundamentals April 21, 2023

What is licorice root extract?

Licorice root extract is a natural herbal extract derived from the root of the licorice plant. The extract is made by boiling the root of the plant and then evaporating the water to leave behind a concentrated extract. The resulting extract contains various compounds, including glycyrrhizin, flavonoids, and polysaccharides, which are believed to have medicinal properties, which make it a popular ingredient in skincare and other cosmetic products.

5 Benefits of licorice root extract

While eating licorice can be polarizing (you either love it or hate it), using licorice root extract in skincare has so many benefits you won’t want to skip over it. While it may not be as buzzy as hyaluronic acid, retinoids, or ceramides, licorice root extract has certainly gained popularity in the skincare industry for its ability to improve the health and appearance of the skin. It’s also known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, and is often used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. So, what are the top benefits that licorice root extract provides? Let us begin.

1. Sexual benefits

When developing the Future Method anal douches, we wanted to include ingredients that were known to provide soothing benefits. No matter how gentle you are during anal fun, your booty can always use some extra TLC and that’s where licorice root extract comes into play (no pun intended). A key ingredient in both our Anal Douche Powder Packs and our Disposable Rectal Wash, licorice root extract can help calm the rectum while cleaning for anal sex.

2. Heals acne scars

Licorice root extract is an effective treatment for acne and acne scars. For people dealing with acne flare-ups, they can benefit from its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. These help control oil production and also help to reduce the size of breakouts and prevent new ones from occurring. When it comes to treating acne scars, licorice root extract can help speed up the healing process by inhibiting the production of melanin.

3. Calms inflammation

Glycyrrhizin, which is a sap found in the licorice plant, can help reduce redness, irritation, and swelling. This is one of the revered benefits of licorice root extract when it comes to benefiting the skin.

4. Balances dark spots

Dark spots can be prominent on the skin, whether they’re caused by acne, hormonal changes, or other factors. Licorice root extract has properties that can help with hyperpigmentation, as well as protecting against future discoloration, by helping disperse and balance the concentrations of melanin in the skin, which cause dark spots and darkened scars in the first place.

5. Softens skin

Licorice root extract helps attract and preserve hyaluronic acid, which helps retain water in the skin. Your skin is left feeling more hydrated, meaning it’s smoother and softer. This can help to keep the skin texture feeling soft, smooth, and healthy. This is certainly important for your face and body, but don’t forget about your booty, too!

Side effects of licorice root extract

Licorice root extract is generally safe for topical use, but in rare cases, it can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Therefore, if you have a known sensitivity to licorice root extract, it’s best to avoid using it, and if you think you might have one, test it first to see if you react to it.

Questions about licorice root extract

Can licorice root extract be used on all skin types?

Yes, licorice root extract is generally safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin but be wary of allergies. However, as with any skincare product, it's important to patch test first and discontinue use if any irritation occurs.

How should I incorporate licorice root extract into my skincare routine?

Licorice root extract can be found in a variety of skincare products, including toners, serums, creams, and masks. Even your butt can benefit from it!


Licorice root extract is a safe ingredient for topical use and can be found in a variety of skincare products, including our Anal Douche Powder Packs. Incorporating licorice root extract into your skincare routine may help to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin, as well as provide soothing properties that will keep your booty cool, calm, and ready for whatever–or whoever–comes your way.

About the author

Dr. Evan Goldstein is the Co-Founder of Future Method and the Founder and CEO of Bespoke Surgical, the leading private practice in health and wellness for gay men. He received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is the go-to butt and bottoming expert, having been published in Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Healthline, and more. Learn about Dr. Goldstein by visiting his practice, bespokesurgical.com.


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