Do you look at the mirror only to notice the darkening of certain areas of your skin? This skin problem is called hyperpigmentation, which can be triggered by various factors, such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, and inflammation. If you are looking for ways to reduce this darkening of skin, look no further than mulethi (liquorice). Mulethi, with its skin-brightening properties, can help address this issue and result in clear skin. In this article, we list the benefits of mulethi and how you can use it to reduce hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an excess production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour. Melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are common types of hyperpigmentation.
Benefits of Mulethi for Hyperpigmentation
According to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, it was found that glabridin, a polyphenolic flavonoid is the main component of liquorice extract prevents Ultraviolet B (UVB) induced pigmentation and exerts anti-inflammatory effects.
Mulethi contains compounds that may help inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. By regulating this enzyme, mulethi can help prevent excessive melanin synthesis, leading to a reduction in hyperpigmentation.
Inflammation is often linked to hyperpigmentation. According to Pharmaceutical Biology, mulethi has natural compounds that contain anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, mulethi exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the skin and potentially reduce inflammation-associated pigmentation.
Skin Lightening Effects
The natural compounds in Mulethi, such as glabridin have skin-lightening effects. These compounds may contribute to a more even skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots and discolouration.
Mulethi is loaded with antioxidants, which help neutralise free radicals that contribute to skin damage. This antioxidant activity may contribute to preventing and minimising hyperpigmentation.
How to Use Mulethi for Hyperpigmentation
Mulethi Powder Face Mask
- Mix Mulethi powder with yoghurt or honey to create a paste.
- Apply the mask to the affected areas and let it remain for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Use this mask 2-3 times a week for visible results.
Mulethi Extract Serum
- Dilute mulethi extract with a carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil.
- Apply the mixture to hyperpigmented areas before bedtime.
- It is recommended to leave it overnight and then rinse it off in the morning.
Mulethi Infused Toner
- Brew a strong mulethi tea by steeping mulethi roots in hot water.
- Let the tea cool for some time and then strain it.
- Apply this prepared solution to your face using a cotton pad.
- You can use this toner after cleansing and before moisturising for better results.
Mulethi Root Paste
- Grind mulethi roots into a fine powder.
- Mix the powder and rose water together until they form a paste.
- Apply the paste to hyperpigmented areas and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
- Rinse off with water.
Things To Keep In Your Mind
While mulethi is generally considered safe for topical use, it's essential to perform a patch test before widespread application to ensure you don't have an adverse reaction. Also, pregnant individuals and those with pre-existing medical conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating Mulethi into their skincare routine.
[Disclaimer: This article contains information for informational purposes only. Hence, we advise you to consult your expert before applying anything to your skin, especially if you are dealing with any skin condition.]