What is Vitiligo Organics?
Vitiligo Organics is a topical vitiligo product made from organic herbs and sold by Organic Care Australia.
This herbal remedy is manufactured according to the strictest GMP standards and the supply of the herbs included is done according to the guidelines of NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture of Australia).
Vitiligo Organics markets itself on the strength of being 100% natural, herbal and organic.
The main ingredient of Vitiligo Organics is extra virgin coconut oil. Other ingredients include malay tea, European barberry and black caraway seeds.
Vitiligo Organics is sold in 4 bottles of the following volumes: 125 ml, 250 ml, 500 ml and 1000 ml.
To apply Vitiligo Organics, first clean the area of the skin affected by vitiligo. Since you should not take your bath after application, before applying the product is the best time to do that.
Then apply and massage Vitiligo Organics on the skin, and leave it on for 10 – 12 hours. You may re-apply thereafter but allow at least 8 hours between applications.
Because Vitiligo Organics contain oils, it may thicken in cold weather. This is normal and to liquefy the product, place it in warm water for a few minutes. Do not directly heat or microwave Vitiligo Organics to prevent the denaturing the ingredients.
Ingredients of Vitiligo Organics
Because no chemicals, bleaching or other refinements are used in extracting the oil, the result is Virgin coconut oil. Also, since the oil is obtained from one cold pressing which is done within an hour of opening the coconuts, it is termed Extra Virgin.
Extra Virgin coconut oil contains very low levels of free acids (around 0.3%). This type of coconut oil has a superior flavor and because it contains no additives, it is highly sought after.
Coconut oil has a high concentration of saturated fatty acids.
It is used in the preparation of baked foods and confectionery. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for the skin and it can help improve skin health.
Like most herbal teas, Malay tea is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants can help reduce the oxidative stress in the skin.
Increased oxidative stress in the skin is one of the causes of vitiligo. When harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species accumulate in the skin, they start breaking down skin cells such as melanocytes.
Since melanocytes are the special skin cells responsible for melanin production, their destruction means that the skin loses it pigment and white vitiligo patches appear.
Reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide are byproducts of cellular metabolism. They are usually mopped up by antioxidants in the skin. Such antioxidants include vitamins such as ascorbic acid or enzymes such as catalase.
However, when the oxidative stress overwhelms the antioxidants or the production of these antioxidants fall, the oxidizing compounds can act freely and destroy melanocytes.
The evidence for such oxidative stress on the skin is seen from the accumulation of oxidized compounds in the areas of the skin affected by vitiligo. These compounds are detected by the fluorescence they produce when examined under special light.
Therefore, the antioxidants in Malay tea can protect melanocytes and stimulate increased melanin production by mopping up harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species in the skin.
The European barberry is known as Berberis vulgaris. Although the berries of this plant contain high levels of vitamin C, it is the alkaloids in the dried fruit that are responsible for the medicinal uses of the plant.
The main alkaloid in European barberry is berberine.
Berberine is a bright yellow compound which is used as a natural dye. Berberine has antifungal, antibacterial and even antiviral properties. However, it also suppresses the inflammatory cytokines and certain genes.
Therefore, European barberry may help stop the depigmentation of the skin by blocking the autoimmune destruction of melanocytes.
Inflammatory cytokines contribute to the appearance of vitiligo. They are involved in the autoimmune destruction of melanocytes.
The autoimmune theory of vitiligo accounts for the occurrence of vitiligo with other autoimmune disorders such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, alopecia areata and diabetes mellitus.
The immune cells that attack melanocytes are activated to produce inflammatory cytokines like the interleukins and tissue necrosis factor.
When these are blocked, immune cells such as T cells cannot destroy melanocytes. Therefore, depigmentation is stopped and melanin production is increased again to restore color to vitiligo patches.
Black Caraway Seeds/ Habbatussauda/ Jintan Hitam
Black caraway seeds are found in the large fruits of the plant. The seed is sometimes also called black cumin. It is a spice used in Indian, Turkish and Mediterranean dishes.
Black caraway seeds are extensively used in traditional medicine for a long list of ailments. The phytochemicals contained in the herb has a number of medicinal properties including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antibiotic and analgesic properties.