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Dr Perricone and stem cell cream

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Sagging Skin
January 2, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
As I have mentioned before, I have a bit of a soft spot for Dr Perricone. He is so relentlessly cynical about the publics' ability to fall for his crackpot ideas. His latest is a brand new cream called Stimulcell.

It has all the hallmarks of Perricone marketing. Not least of which is that it is bound to get a huge amount of publicity because of its controversial associations with stem cell technology. Stimulcell also jumps on a bandwagon recently created by a so-called underground celebrity cream, Amatokin.

Launched only a few months ago, Amatokin is a new anti-aging cream that is already encircled in myth. My favorite is that it was invented in Russia by scientists working in a laboratory surrounded by barbed wire.

Amatokin doesn't contain stem cells but is based on a peptide (Polypeptide 153 to be precise) that is supposed to increase stem cell production in skin cells. A peptide is really just a protein molecule but there is a lot scientific-sounding stuff about Polypeptide 153 being able to stimulate the expression of stem cell markers in the skin.

Amatokin's barbed wire surrounded scientists supposedly developed Polypeptide 153 to help burn victims. That's another nice bit of mythologizing that is guaranteed get Amatokin noticed. However, behind the heady combination of cold war science, stem cell controversy and 'underground celebrity cult status', Amatokin's antecedents are rather more mundane.


Although ostensibly manufactured by Voss Laboratories, Amatokin is made by Basic Research - those wonderful people who brought us Strivectin. Heralded as a better than Botox miracle cream, Strivectin had its own myth: it was originally a stretch mark cream that was accidentally discovered to have wrinkle curing properties during market research. At least one can say that with Amatokin the marketing team at Basic Research is getting more inventive.

Dr Perricone is in good company.
  • May 29, 2011

    by Shelley

    I am L.O.V.I.N.G. the <a href="" rel="nofollow">stem cell skin care</a> serum from Jeunesse Global. It works beautifully and it isn't as expensive. Only thing is... it wasn't designed by Russian scientists. They should fire their marketing team! :D

  • May 5, 2011

    by Junko

    After trying a sample of Cold Plasma, mere mention of Dr. Perricone and I get queasy. He needs good marketing, as I don't understand how anyone can use his fishy smelling products. Even if it took all my wrinkles away, I wouldn't be able to do it.

  • May 5, 2011

    by Kim

    There is a gel that was developed in China for use on burned skin that activates your own stem cells to help regenerate skin. I call it my stinky cream as the strong smell of sesame oil made me gag the first time I smelled it. It's entirely plant based for its actives, and actually makes my psoriasis go away, but it is so oily I ruined clothes and bedding and you must be consistent. It worked within a week where prescriptions and years had left me feeling like an untreatable leper. It's called MEBO, not expensive, but difficult to find in the US. Order directly from the company and they'll courier it to you. Don't try it on your face though unless you want the very comedogenic sesame oil to leave you with a face full of clogged pores at best. Anywhere else though, if you can put up with the oil spreading and the smell, it's amazing. They also explain on the website how it activates the stem cells and there are some amazingly gross pictures of severe burn victims and how they recovered. Worth a look for the adventurous.

  • May 4, 2011

    by Kerry

    I LOVE the Stem Cell cream from I'm Fabulous Cosmetics, the results are incredible and I also use their Gorgeous Peel once a month!!!

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