Glycyrrhetinic Acid



Glycyrrhetinic Acid description

One of the components of licorice root extract that’s believed to give this plant its ability to help calm skin and minimise signs of sensitisation. This component of licorice root also functions as an antioxidant and may play a role in brightening and improving the look of an uneven skin tone.

Glycyrrhetinic Acid references

  • Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, January 2013, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 26, Supplement 2, 2007, pages 79-112
  • Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, December 2003, pages 5,345-5,352
  • Immunology, January 1997, pages 115-120

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not Rated