3 Ways To Use Licorice Powder For Skin Care

licorice powder for skin lightening

Licorice also called liquorice is the root of the plant called Glycyrrhiza Glabra. It is very famous all over the world for its healing properties and it is also widely known for its skin-lightening properties.

Licorice powder has been used extensively in both traditional medicine and home remedies since ancient times. Along with health benefits, it has amazing skincare benefits too.

The main active compounds of licorice that has a positive effect on our skin are Glabridin, Liquiritin, and Isoliquertin. Licorice is called Mulethi in Hindi, Yashtimadhu in Sanskrit, Adhimadhuram in Tamil, Ati Madhuramu in Telugu, Ati Madhura in Kannada, and Jesthamadh in Marathi.

Licorice For Skin Lightening:

Licorice has skin-lightening properties and you will find licorice in all skin-lightening creams. When I mention skin lightening, what I mean is to lighten scars, dark spots, and pigmentation. Every skin color is beautiful but it will be more beautiful if it is even toned and licorice helps achieve it easily by lightening all skin blemishes.

Licorice Skin Benefits:

  • The flavonoid liquirtin present in licorice has skin-lightening properties and helps lightens scars and blemishes.
  • Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce skin inflammation.
  • The active component glabridin in licorice powder greatly helps reduce the effect of sun damage. Applying licorice-based extract on the skin after prolonged sun exposure helps us get back our original skin color.
  • Licorice extract is also a good remedy for treating melasma. It lightens the dark patches caused by melasma well and it is also a good home remedy for skin pigmentation.
  • Licorice powder when used as a face pack improves skin hydration and makes the skin look plumper and brighter.

3 Licorice Face Packs For Lightening Scars & Blemishes:

I have shared 3 face packs that I have tried over the years using licorice powder. All these face packs work well in lightening scars, pigmentation, and dark spots.

I have used sandalwood powder, turmeric, honey, and lemon juice in these three face packs and all these ingredients also have skin-lightening properties. Choose any one of these three face packs and use them regularly at least weekly twice to see results.

1. Licorice & Turmeric Face Pack:

licorice powder for skin

For the face pack, take 1 tbsp each of rice flourkasthuri turmeric, and licorice powder in a bowl. Squeeze in 3 to 4 drops of lemon juice. Add in enough rice water or rose water to form a paste and use it as a face pack. This face pack will treat acne scars well.

2. Licorice & Sandalwood Face Pack:

mulethi for skin lightening

Take 1 tbsp of licorice powder in a bowl. Add in 1/2 tsp of red sandalwood powder. Squeeze in 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice. Finally, add enough milk to from a thick paste and apply it as a face pack. If you have oily skin, use rose water instead. This face pack will lighten dark spots resulting in even glowing skin.

3. Licorice & Honey Face Pack:

mulethi powder for skin

For the face pack, take 1 tbsp of licorice powder in a bowl. Add in enough unprocessed raw honey to form a paste and apply as a face mask. This face pack will brighten the skin tone really well.

yashtimadhu powder for for skin lightening


  1. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 / 8:29 am

    where can I get licorice powder?Can the above remedies be used for age related hyper pigmentation? Any other remedy you can suggest – I am 56 years old and have hyper pigmentation on my face.thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Hello Mam, If you live in India, you get licorice powder in health section in the most departmental stores else you can easily order it online. You can also try these remedies for hyper pigmentation, they work really well : https://youtu.be/6UvDmkBfd-s (copy and paste the code in the browser)

  2. Loshni Reddy
    October 3, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Hi RamyaThanks for a great blog. Please confirm which of these masks will be suitable for dehydrated skin on face.Thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      You can use the last two licorice face packs for dehydrated skin well. For the first recipe, mix it with whole milk and use….

  3. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Hello Ramya,Thankyou for the information.I am getting married in December,can you tell me a a pack to use (includong licorice) for the whole body and how often to use it for better results?

  4. Unknown
    March 21, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    How long should i keep the face packs before washing off?please mentuon for each of the packs.thanks a lot for the info.really helpful.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 22, 2018 / 4:08 am

      I usually wait till the face packs dry completely (usually around 10 to 15 minutes) and then wash it off. Do the same for all the licorice face packs given…

  5. Anonymous
    April 2, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Hi can i use licorice powder with tomato pack for tan…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 2, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      Yes, you can mix licorice powder with tomato juice and use it for removing tan, it works really well.

  6. Joy
    May 8, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Hi Ramya
    Can you please suggest me pack for pigmentation.

    • Rampriya (Wildturmeric)
      May 8, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      I have written a brief article on hyper pigmentation along with remedies, choose the remedy that you like and use regularly. You can find the article here

    August 29, 2018 / 10:50 am

    HI MAM, can u pls suggest where to buy unprocessed raw honey?

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      August 30, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Hi Swetha, Since I live in a village, I get it sourced from our local forest. Some departmental stores stock unprocessed raw honey, look for it in the labels or you can also order it online…

  8. Rohit
    March 16, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Hey ! Mam mention the link below licorice pure powder many licorice powder online available

  9. Yolanda W. Akers
    August 29, 2019 / 12:44 pm

    Great post. and great website. Thanks for the information!
    Lazma Cream

  10. Usha rani
    September 12, 2021 / 5:56 pm

    Namaste madam
    Will you please tell the remedy for hand fingers and white colour skin is very rough because of am scrubbing the vessels and washing clothes also.
    Please advice how that skin become smooth

  11. Shruti
    October 8, 2022 / 1:00 pm


  12. Shruti Tyagi
    October 8, 2022 / 1:04 pm

    Hi Ramya,

    My daughter is 6 years old and due to much sun exposure and swimming her skin is getting dark and dull. I would really appreciate, if you can advise the way out.

    Thanks in advance.

Leave a Reply