Improving hyperpigmentation is one of Licorice’s most well known attributes. This often happens because of free radical exposure: free radicals can damage melanin-forming skin cells and prompt them to produce excess pigment. Licorice root combats this process by hindering melanin and free radical production. It helps your skin produce higher levels of antioxidants, fortifying your skin’s defenses and preventing UV damage in the process. It also helps diminish any dark spots you have from scarring or sun damage.