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* Also known as N6-Furfuryladenine
* Please read TIA’s article on Kinetin
* Please read TIA’s article on Kinetin Versus Retinol
Kinetin is part of a group of compounds known as cytokinins, a class of growth regulators in plants. In plants, Kinetin promotes cell division and is active in the processes of cellular growth and differentiation. It also functions as an antioxidant, preventing oxidative damage caused by free radicals(Drugs.com).
Although it is proven that Kinetin can do all of these functions in plants, it has only been used in skin care and beauty products since 1994. It was made popular by its inclusion in Valeant Pharmaceutical's Kinerase, endorsed by Courtney Cox. According to WrinkleReview.com, Kinetin functions as an essential growth hormone, which can influence cell growth and differentiation by delaying and offsetting aging characteristics. By creating new cells through division, Kinetin can refresh the skin's appearance. In addition, its antioxidant properties protect the outer layers of the skin from free radicals. Kinetin has been shown to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, and decrease signs of mottled hyperpigmentation.
A Chapel Hill, North Carolina study published in the February 2002 issue of Dermatology Times found that in a 12-week, split face study showed a 62% improvement in skin texture, clarity, discrete pigmentation, mottled pigmentation, and fine wrinkling. A study done by Revlon tested 98 subjects with mild to moderate photodamaged skin over 10 weeks and found significant improvement in texture, skin clarity, mottled pigmentation and fine wrinkling as well.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
According to Drugs.com, there are low incidents of side effects of Kinetin overall, and the only reported side effects when used topically are erythema, peeling, burning, and stinging.
Recommended Products w/ Kinetin:
Kinerase Clear Skin Regulating Mask