Licochalcone (Licorice Root Extract)
Powerful Molecule Contained in Licorice Root Extract, Isolated for Our Use
The Essential Information
Licochalcone is a molecule derived from a specific species of Chinese licorice root that helps calm acne-prone skin through its ability to:
- Control oil production
- Keep acne bacteria in check
- Reduce inflammation
What Is It?
Licorice root has been used in skin care for millennia. According to the National Cancer Institute it has, "potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant...activities." Licochalcone is a molecule contained in licorice root extract which helps control oil production, and is anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory. In short, it helps calm and soothe acne-prone skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin, and imparts a natural yellow color to products.
My Bottom Line on It
I am skeptical of most extracts that comes along, but when I learned about licochalcone at the Society of Cosmetic Chemists meeting about 10 years ago, I found it intriguing and decided it was worth a closer look. After doing more research, I found myself impressed by its potential. Several trustworthy mentors of mine in the acne community also espoused its oil-reducing, bacteriostatic, and anti-inflammatory capabilities--specifically its ability to interrupt the inflammation cascade right where acne-prone skin needs it. But as we all know, the proof is in the pudding. So I worked with our team of biochemists to make some test products with this ingredient, I absolutely adored them and what they did for my skin. It is an extremely expensive ingredient to include, particularly when using it at its efficacious level, but I made the decision that it was worth it."
One Challenge It Presents
It is very expensive (over $7000 per kilogram), so it increases the cost of products. Thus you will not see it used in many products.
Where to Get It
Our store. Licochalcone is a key ingredient in Acne.org Moisturizer and Acne.org AHA+ (10% glycolic acid plus lichochalcone).
- "Definition of licorice root extract." National Cancer Institute Drug Dictionary. 11 Jun. 2008. https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/licorice-root-extract