Sensitive Skin Treatment: Licorice Root

Sensitive Skin Treatment may include topical solutions and even drugs that can soothe the skin and make it less sensitive when exposed to irritants. The licorice root extracts have a sweet flavor that can be extracted from a plant, but may also be used topically in various creams for sensitive skin.

Diagnose Sensitive Skin

You can determine that you have sensitive skin if you:

  • Experience burning sensation or irritation if you use certain skin products
  • Your skin feels uncomfortable when in contact with creams or other materials
  • You often develop pustules and bumps
  • Your skin is excessively dry

A dermatologist can perform a test to determine your type of skin and whether your skin is sensitive or that the above mentioned symptoms are due to a different cause.

Licorice Root

Licorice root is the part of a plant known as Glycyrrhiza glabra, which is a legume (same as beans or peas). The root contains a substance that has a sweet flavor and the extract is also used to manufacture sweets or as a natural sweetener.

The licorice root extract contains glycyrrhizic acid, which is commonly used for chronic hepatitis and has anti viral properties.

The licorice root extract are also natural corticosteroid and may be used in people with allergies.

The extracts can be used in people with hypotension, as the glycyrrhizic acid increased blood pressure.

In Chinese medicine, the licorice root extracts are widely used for several medical conditions such as:

  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune conditions such as lupus
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis or muscular pain
  • Gastric and mouth ulcers
  • Reduce constipation, as it is a laxative

Licorice Root for Sensitive Skin

The glycyrrhizic acid in the licorice root extract can be effective in reducing irritation on the skin and eliminate possible bacteria and viruses that could possibly harm sensitive skin.

Applied topically, the licorice root extracts will soothe the skin and make it less prone to developing rashes, bumps or pustules.

How to Use Licorice Root

You may find various products that contain licorice root extracts and you can test these to see if your skin reacts well to these. However, many of these commercial products may contain various chemicals and preservatives that could irritate your skin.

You should get licorice root extract from a health store. Mix 5 drops with water and apply the solution on your skin before going to bed. The solution should be left on the face for 20 minutes and cleaned with a hypoallergenic facial cleaner.

Foods that contain licorice root won't help the sensitive skin in any way.

Licorice Root Toxicity

The licorice root extract may be toxic leading to severe liver damage, but only if ingested and in high amounts; make sure you don't ingest the substance. On skin, the substance won't be absorbed and won't be toxic for the body.

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