Pyratine 6 (vs. Kinetin) reduces redness and acne lesions

The internet Press Release sites are full of an announcement from Senetek about a product called Pyratine 6 and its possible use in treating rosacea. The announcement is based on a comparison of Pyratine 6 with another of Senetek’s products – Kinetin.

According to their results, Pyratine 6 (or PRK 124) shows higher scores, compared to Kinetin in the areas of fine wrinkles, skin roughness and and overall skin aging. Additional tests of Pyratine 6 (although not stated, I assume against placebo, but this is not a given) showed increases in skin moisture, reductions in skin redness, and after 12 weeks, reductions in acne lesions.

Kinetin was originally created as an anti-aging product. Senetek say that Pyratine 6 is their `second-generation patented cytokinin’.

Senetek will now commercialise this new product as an anti-aging product and conduct more studies into its usability in rosacea. The press release mentions a `a major cosmetic company’ who licenses Kinetin, who will also commision their own `clinical trials of Pyratine 6 for Acne Rosacea and for skin whitening’.

I can imagine that to cosmetic companies the market for rosacea treatments and also to treat aging, look like 2 big piles of cash. We should keep an eye on these clinical trials to see how Pyratine 6 performs on rosacea sufferers.

Those who suffer from rosacea ought to consider a daily sunscreen and limit their sun exposure, both to remove a common rosacea trigger and also to reduce the aging affects of the sun. This is something we can all do today, without having to wait for products such as those featured in this press release.

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5 Reader Comments

  1. johnk says:

    Pyratine-6 comes out early February 2008. is their website but it is not up yet

  2. David Pascoe says:

    Hi John,

    you seem to have some inside info – are you involved in the product somehow ? Please do let us know more information at is becomes available.


  3. johnk says:

    Actually I just found out about it last week. I don’t know too much about it but there are posts on other boards. I want to try it once it’s available.

  4. jasper says:

    “I can imagine that to cosmetic companies the market for rosacea treatments and also to treat aging, look like 2 big piles of cash. We should keep an eye on these clinical trials to see how Pyratine 6 performs on rosacea sufferers.”

    ah yes, i must agree with this statement. and yet, i do remain hopeful about pyratine. there is a post on the forums about pyratine-6 .. they seem genuine, although as always, i reserve the right to be cynical if necessary. 🙂

    thanks so much for this informative article.

  5. cyndi says:

    Has anyone tried this Pyratine-6 for nose swelling? Before I spend one more dime,
    please let me know. My laser treatment did not help the red lesions. In fact, my
    nose is swelling worse on hot days. I found out it is the heat aggravating it and not the sun.
    This is why my nose is more swollen in the morning when I forget to turn the air conditioning down to 68 degrees. Interestingly enough, I read about an iron defieciency
    study and started taking 2 iron tablets a day. I must say it seems to help with the
    “capillary breakage” going on underneath the skin on my nose. I always have bruised easily and inspite of the bioflavanoids I take for my leg veins,
    the iron has helped more with the redness and leg bruises. Overall, the doxycyline seems to have destroyed my
    capillary walls over time. This is probably why my nose seems to swell even
    worse after a month on doxy. Rosacea is a circulatory problem and the dermatologists are clueless. Fundamentally, it is not a dermatology issue.
    Modern doctors can’t seem to think outside of their specialty. I believe THIS
    is why us rosacea sufferers have been lost in the shuffle. The circulatory doctors ONLY care
    about the heart. That and arterial schlerosis is their concern, period. They don’t think huge red facial lesions are life threatening. We are ignored by this
    specialty when, it is in fact, a circulatory disease. Is this site
    still read by anyone? I would like some feed back on this.

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