I had a small BCC (basal cell carcinoma) on the bridge of my nose for 5 years. It looked like a small brown scab. It would just stay there for months, unless I pealed it off ... in which case it would bleed and form a new scab. Nothing would take it away, until I began trying apple cider vinegar. I dipped a small, flat, cotton oval pad (the kind used to remove makeup) into apple cider vinegar, and I placed the pad on the bridge of my nose. I left the soaked pad on my nose for 20 minutes a day. Slowly, the small scab-looking BCC started to fade, leaving a bumpy, pink lesion underneath.
At about the 4th week of treatment, the pink lesion seemed to suddenly become wider. I was frightened, until I read that BCC's can actually run deeper and wider than their surface appearance: BCC's can have deeper tentacle-like structures underneath their surface. Unless all of these "tentacles" of the BCC are removed, the cancer will grow back. So I continued applying the ACV-soaked pads to the bridge of my nose.
By the 7th week of treatment, the bumpy pink lesion flattened out. By then it looked like flat new skin had completely replaced the BCC. Nevertheless, I continued another week of treatment. It looked like the BCC was actually gone, after only 8 weeks! Since then, I have not applied apple cider vinegar to the area, and the BCC has never returned!
I have had a growth on my forehead near my hairline for years. I could hide it with the way my hair falls but was always conscious of it in the wind or when in the water. It started as a small bump but changed size and color a bit and was creeping down my forehead. I had another skin colored, round bump on the other side of my forehead that I couldn't hide but didn't mind so much. Then it started to get larger. So off to the web. I found this site, read all the way through and decided to try using acv. My co-workers thought I was nuts because I was self diagnosing but I figured I would try this first before going to a practitioner. I just want to say, "Thank you! " Both of my bumps are gone. It took a few weeks of regular attention but for me it worked! After the initial attack of Apple Cider Vinegar I switched to Hydrogen peroxide because it felt more gentle to my skin. I'm fair skinned, 50, female.
West Hartford, Ct
I had a pimple or cyst in the middle of my nose that my GP doctor attempted to prevent from being a constant problem. It developed into what he was 99% sure was a BCC. A friend referred me to your site when I had a few days off and a week until it was to be biopsied. I decided follow Mike's detailed protocol but perhaps should have waited to more of the others because I was not prepared for the second big connected area that was apparently a sunken BCC. Unsure, I kept using the ACV when they had dried instead of stopping. Then I developed a staph infection. I went to the derm doctor appointment that way instead of with it healed. Good news is that the infection cleared easily and I did not use antibiotic prescription, but the antibiotic ointment for a couple days. Earthclinic's info on staph was helpful.
When the scab washed off I used ACV once or twice, some H2O2 a couple times but no second white scab formed, or it came of early, not sure. The indentation was kind of alarming. I began the aloe and vitamin E, alternately with coconut oil and have been doing that for several days. Depending on the light, the indentations appear to be VERY slowly healing... or not at all, but the BCC is gone. Next I may have to check Earthclinic's info on scars... hope not, but this was going to be my third BCC surgery, so I will either way for the first two.
I definitely would follow Earthclinic's protocols again, just with more understanding and confidence. Thanks Kate and Mike and all of you for your input, and those who run the site. It's a blessing!
Ten Mile, Tn.
Missouri City, Tx
Kate from New Zealand Apple Cider Vinegar's protocol post on 08/19/2015 is very good. It works. I followed her methods, and received similar results. I would like to add a little more detail that may address some other questions/concerns throughout, as I've read virtually everything on here while I was administering ACV on a BCC raised/waxy lump on the center of my nose. Here's the history:
A few years ago, I went to the dermatologist for a small scar on my nose that would repeatedly heal and then bleed if bumped. The doc took one look, made no fuss, and blasted it with liquid nitrogen to freeze it off. I thought this was the end of it, and after a week, all seemed well. It returned. Back to the derm office for another treatment. This time, they prescribed Fluorouracil 5% topical cream, and mentioned something about a possible biopsy if it persisted. The Fluorouracil burned and made the spot red and nasty for weeks. It sort of cured it. Only within the last few months did the lump appear again, and I wasn't feeling visiting the derm office again; so I found Earth Clinic and decided to give Apple Cider Vinegar a go. Here's what I did:
Began on a Friday morning around 9am. I used an organic ACV with "the Mother", cut a cotton ball into small wads to fit across the site. A cotton wad saturated with ACV will stay stationary until it dries. I replaced the wad every hour. After the second hour, as Kate mentioned, the center of the BCC turned black, encircled by a white ring. I followed this procedure for nine hours, changing the wad every hour (fortunately, I work from home, so I didn't have to concern myself about appearances). After 6:30pm on Friday evening, I left the site alone. The scab maintained the dark brown/black center with a white outer rim (beyond that was redness). I woke in the middle of the night, and secured a cotton wad with a bandaid and went to sleep (about five hours).
Saturday morning, I began replacing the wad every hour for four hours. I stopped between 11am through 3pm. Then applied the wad for another four hours until 7pm. The site maintained redness and the scab, the white ring with the black center. Woke up early Sunday morning and for the next five hours replaced the ACV wad every hour again. I also purchased Hydrogen Peroxide 3%, as I read other folks used that as a support, and began dabbing a qtip on the site before replacing the ACV wad on Sunday morning. I stopped from noon through 4pm and began again until 8pm. At this point, the site around the scab became really red and sensitive.
Around 5pm on Sunday afternoon, I began applying an all natural Vitamin E cream and Aloe Vera gel to help with the redness. While applying the cream, I brushed the scar off and it revealed a decent size indentation/hole. The entire site around the indentation was white and outside was red. I had the sense that the ACV did its job and was in the clear. For the next few hours, the ACV really burned/stung. I used the Hydrogen Peroxide 3% very sparingly too.
I was a little concerned, as I was left with a indentation/hole in the center of my nose, but I trusted the process. I also sensed this was the end having to soak a cotton wad in ACV; so I did not use ACV or secure a wad on the site over Sunday night. Monday morning, I began the process of administering Vitamin E and Aloe Vera gel on the site to promote healing, and to reduce the redness. Fortunately, overnight, a whitish (healthy looking) scab formed, covering the indentation/hole which was a comfort. A few other little whitish scars formed around the main site where the BCC was; so from what I read, this must have been "tentacles" that would be no more through this protocol.
I duly persisted a few times a day with the Vitamin E and Aloe Vera gel combo through Wednesday evening, along with some quality organic essential oils with a coconut oil base to cool the redness, as I had them laying around and figure it couldn't hurt. During one application, I brushed off the whitish scab and the indentation/hole was about 97% closed! Also noticed a little flaky skin where a tentacle was. I ever so gently worked it across the site, and it remove a layer of dead skin along with two dark spots, revealing perfectly healthy pink skin underneath! After, I washed my face with a Coconut/Olive oil soap.
Thursday (day 6) and the site, while it is pink due to the new skin, the spot in the center is 99% closed and won't be noticeable, I'm sure in a day or so. Thank you all for sharing your healing process with BCC. I hope my sharing helps others who choose the ACV protocol to assist in their healing.
Stick it out during the first couple days of dealing with skin discoloration, redness and stinging. The second day, when applying the ACV wad, I had a dull nagging headache throughout, which I knew was a result of the ACV getting it done. ACV is magic! I hope you have as much success as I've had with this protocol.
For years, ever since an intensive stint working in the sun, and despite using sun block, I had recurring basal cell carcinomas on my forehead. I used a Retin-A cream by prescription but when the pharmacy could no longer supply it in any strength that had an effect, the bcc spots got bigger and multiplied. I had surgery at one point, and still have a significant scar, so wanted to avoid this.
I saw on Earth Clinic people had used Apple Cider Vinegar for this and gave it a try. I had one large white smooth bcc spot which had been resistant to the cream for about 2 years. I started applying organic ACV with a cotton ball to the spot at night before sleeping. The first night I taped the saturated cotton ball onto my forehead, after that I just gently rubbed the ACV on before bed, not rinsing.
After the first two days, the spot opened up and was quite red. I also noticed that in a circular pattern around it, about an inch away, several tiny red spots emerged and formed small scabs. I was a little concerned but continued a few more days, and used a bit of organic coconut oil on it to sooth the redness, and the spot scabbed over (about day 4). After 6 days of this treatment, the scab fell off and I noticed that in the tiny hole which had opened up in the center of the spot, there was a good sized brown waxy ball. I pressed very lightly and the wax ball popped out. Immediately the hole closed up and became almost normal pore-sized, no bump whatsoever! I soothed my whole forehead (the surrounding tiny scabs had also fallen off and left no marks) with the coconut oil and within another day it was as if I had never had a basal cell carcinoma there.
No recurrence either in 4 months - once I had a red mark I thought might develop in a different part of the forehead, but applied the ACV and nothing came of it. This is after years of "chronic" basal cell carcinoma, according to my docs, so I am quite impressed by these results.
Combination basal cell patch(es) on scalp and Actinic Keratosis (AK) cheeks/scalp.
Doc 1 said 1cm BSC lesion on scalp, never checked the rest. But had some AK there and resurfacing on cheeks. Wanted to do biopsy on the spot there and then. I said whoa, I'll think about it first, so she gave me bacterial cream in the interim.
Went in Cebu for second opinion, vg Doc, checked all scalp, the one lesion plus few more bumps, gave me antibiotic to reduce inflamation prior possible excision, plus Aldara, low dosage, which I'd used before, for rest of scalp patches and cheeks.
In the meantime I went on the internet, found this website and decided to kit up with Apple Cider Vinegar, baking soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, aloe vera, vit C, Tincture iodine, and mashed eggplant.
Started with the ACV on the lesion regular daily patch, left on at night, clean with 3% HP, plus Aldara 2x week on the scalp bumps and face patches.
After two weeks of ACV, and having had lesion for two months, it's scabbed over and the scab just off. Hopefully now will try Vit C/aloe to help heal skin loss, in the meantime the Aldara, while red patches as expected initially (supposed to show it's working) also seems to be having positive effect on both scalp and cheeks.
Many thanks for the posters and their suggestions on this website.
I've taken warts off and helped heal many skin aliments with ACV (with mother) (the brown stuff in bottom of bottle). It kills the fungus and bacteria on certain skin disorders. Even works well on fever blisters - it will burn like the dickens though. Lemon Balm is very effective on fever blisters. But back to the skin cancer. There is a black salve you can take certain types of basal cell cancers off with, called the "original black salve." I've taken several off my arms, chest- after doctor had taken a few off. They generally never come back. If they did, I reapplied, and they went away. I'm speaking of pinkish small type- NOT crusty types.
The problem with trying to effect a crusty type cancer, is that nothing seems to get UNDER the crust. My Dad played around with his black crusty spot on his arm for a couple years- and finally persuaded, he went for biopsy and it was melanoma. Quite extensive surgery, although the top part was only size of dime (or less). They spread out UNDER the skin. They took out two lymph nodes when they did the rotor rooter surgery on his arm. And found nothing in the lymph nodes, so caught it in time.
Now he's making excuses why he doesn't need to go back every 3- months, then 6 months.... oh YES, he's going back!!
Ten Mile, Tn
Seven days ago I visited my GP to have another sun damage spot frozen off, this time from my nose. I'm 56, fair skinned, and have suffered the embarrassment of a flamboyantly sunburned nose more times than I care to recall. It was a tiny 2mm, raised lump, pinkish, bled if I knocked or rubbed it accidentally. GP looked at it with his magnification, said it was a basal cell carcinoma, couldn't be frozen, needed a biopsy, then surgical removal! ... Not impressed.
I immediately went online to find natural treatment, found this website, and was amazed by what I read.
To the pantry, to the Apple Cider Vinegar.
The biopsy was booked for the end of the month, 18 days away. I thought that maybe by then there may be some improvement.
I used a cotton bud with ACV every hour or so until bedtime, then stuck a small cotton wool pad soaked with ACV on the offending object, and held it on with a band aid. Removed it some time in the middle of the night, been on for 4 hours or so.
The first 2 applications with the cotton bud turned it blackish, and it started to scab. That was last Thursday afternoon.
I continued to repeat the exact process for the next 4 days. By then a scab had formed around the 2mm BCC, so the scab it's self was about 1cm round, with a blackish centre. The edges looked red and angry. The vinegar caused stinging, a little throbbing, none of which lasted more than 10 mins or so, totally bearable, and I'm a wimp with zero pain threshold!
On Tuesday I stopped the vinegar, thought I'd let the scab fall off, then see whats underneath. I gently rubbed an all natural vitamin E cream on the scab and surrounding area a couple of times a day.
Today is Thursday 7 days later. The scab washed off in the shower this morning. Underneath is healthy pink skin, no raised lump, just the tiniest hole where the BCC was. It's gone!!
I'm blown away. I'll keep an eye on it, but it seems to have vanished. I've cancelled the biopsy :)
Ten Mile , Tn
Loma Linda, Ca
Laguna Beach, Ca
I had a tiny basal cell carcinoma cut out of my forehead 10 years ago and not had any since until now. When suddenly and I mean suddenly, there was one a cm in diameter. I know what a bcc looks like at various stages so have taken no medical advice. I am a qualified homeopath, four years training but retired.
The one cut from my forehead was only a tiny pearl. This one now is a crater type with white margins. I immediately found this forum and set to with the apple cider vinegar, I have the one with the mother inside the bottle. Just two days on and there is a remarkable change. Two white covers, which removed easily and the bcc is just about flat and a very healthy dark pink. A tiny tiny bit of stinging this morning, nothing much. I applied with a (cotton) bud 5 to 6 times in the day and stopped at night.
I await two homeopathic remedies by special delivery this morning as I need now to go via the internal immune route too. I had a very close bereavement 5 months ago and the timing is right for something to have erupted. I cannot name remedies, so please don`t ask.
Six months ago my doctor observed an approximate, dime-sized spot on my scalp as basal cell carcinoma. He referred me to a dermatologist and descibed the curettage procedure - which did not put me in a dancing mood....
After procrastinating for a few months (typical) I decided I had better address the issue.
I've used Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for years for a variety of reasons and looked on Earth Clinic for a possible natural benefit to basal cell. I saw one post for Apple Cider on the basal cell carcinoma page. I followed the instructions on this post and my basal cell reacted identically to the treatment prescribed in the above post. Joy...
The only thing I did differently is, occasionally, I secured an apple cider vinegar-moistened gauze pad across the basal cell and secured it with 3M Micro-Pore tape. I slept with this a couple of nights along with applying the apple cider with a dropper several times during the day. It was an easy process.
The healing started about the third day. It turned bright red and then a scab began to form. When the effect of the apple cider vinegar starts working, there is no doubt. You can feel it "reaching out" across the area - something like tentacles following the basal cell. It was similar to a low grade headache - which I was delighted to have as I could tell the apple cider was working.
I'm on the very end of my second treatment to remove a tiny bit of what was almost completely removed during my first treatment! It's all but gone I.E., down to a pinhead-sized scab.
The resulting healed skin is a bit pink but it is fading. I used only Raw Organic Apple Cider and generic 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. I estimate this saved me around $2000 in clinic costs.
I took a series of photos I could possibly share, but I'd like this final phase to complete which should be in the next couple of days. The scab that forms is not like a typical scratch that heals. It's very hard and takes time to complete healing to the point the scab falls off naturally.
Total treatment time was about five weeks. Total cost: Less than $10
I have had basal cell 4 times. I had surgical removal for two. That was the pits I assure you and left scars and was expensive. So the next time, I simply applied applecider vinegar full strength about 5 times per day until the basal cell spot scabbed over pretty good. For me, it took about 5 weeks. I simply dabbed some on the basal cell with my finger by wetting my finger tips and then dabbing some of the applecider vinegar liberally and directly to the basal cell site. It might sting just a little tiny bit. Leave it alone and let it dry naturally. Do the applecider vinegar about 5 times per day until the basal cell will scab over pretty good. It will start to appear as a whitish grainy looking scab and will be hard to the touch. The spot might just turn a purplish and not scab and that is OK also. It will not hurt. Then I left it alone for about two weeks and then I started to apply 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to the scab about 5 times per day at first and then decreased down to once a day until the scar was gone. I simply applied the peroxide with my fingers liberally to be sure the scab was totally wet. And they are gone and have not returned in over a year. The basal cell is totally healed and not noticeable at all.
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Melbourne Beach, Florida, Usa
Ten Mile, Tn.
Ten Mile, Tn.
Hope, Bc Canada
St George Island, Fla.
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Ten Mile , Tn
Ten Mile , Tn
I'm a 60 year young, white female, 130 pounds, living in the U.S.A., with basal cell carcinoma on the right side of my nose. A blackhead is what I thought it was and had gone to have a different non bcc spot checked on my left cheek. Biopsy was July 28,2015.
I started August 4th using organic apple cider vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as a paste, alternating with fresh cut aloe vera (using the inside of the leaf) at night...securing either solution with a band aide. My nose looks horrible, due to the fact of more bcc there than what I'd hoped for. The area is puffy, red and just really looks bad. I believe I had read where it will get worse before it gets better. I'd love to post pictures of this process for two reasons, informative and feedback. Thank you for allowing me to join this discussion.
Aloha, I have a very large bcc on my forehead , I was going to have MOHS, I decided to wait 4 months because I have a large event happening and I did not want a 4 to 5 inch scar on my face at that time. A friend from my job told me about apple cider vinegar and peroxide. I have to say...it is working.
Now this is what I know ....from my experience
This is what I am doing
UNDERSTAND THIS IF YOU HAVE A CRATER LOOKING BCC THERE ARE ROOTS AROUND IT AS WELL...YOU CAN NOT SEE THEM ... BUT THEY ARE LURKING BENEATH YOUR SKIN.
I started with the apple cider viniger, slept with a cotton ball loaded with viniger on my forehead.
Dabbed peroxide on it thu the day many times and alternate with the vinegar.
Not only do I put it on the crater itself, but around the area about two inches.
I have been doing this since July 16, 2015
THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED:
The large crater itself turned white, also bits keep coming out, another bcc appeared above the first one, this second one surfaced and is dying, around these bcc several small ones appeared, they are the roots. It looked like small dots at first..then came to the surface showing itself. The peroxide kills it because it dries it out, it cannot live, the apple cider viniger also kills it and soothes the skin.
I found that using the combo as much as possible works ...I sit and watch tv with a plastic cup and Qtip dabbing the peroxide on. I fan it to dry and add some more peroxide , 9 bcc have appeard and are dying off, just think how big of a scar I would have had if I did go for the MOHS
Depending on how long and deep the bcc is you may have a small scar, but better than a big one or having your eyes look weird because of the pull of the skin to repair your face.
Leichhardt Nsw Australia
I was diagnosed with BCC August 2013 via biopsy of pearly bump on upper forehead. Dermo DR recommended Mohs surgery ASAP. The biopsy removed half of the bump, I still had a small bump remaining after biopsy scar cured. I said 'wait, I'm going backpacking for 2 weeks - not a good time to be out in the woods with stitches. And 2 - what's the cost as I have a $5k deductible' (he said that I would probably use it up). After my trip, I found EC and read all the info.
Decided on hydrogen peroxide (standard 3%) applied 2x daily with strong scrub using a peroxide-soaked q-tip for one month, starting Nov. 2013. It stung but I would not say 'painful'. Small bump area was irritated (YES, peroxide is doing its thing). Eventually saw significant reduction in size of remaining bump but also no more signs of irritation.
Then I moved on to organic Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment using same 2x/day application with q-tip. this did not have same sting but caused a more general red rash area across my forehead but I did this for almost a month as well.
In both Treatment modes I left the area open (no bandages). In Jan. 2014 I returned to peroxide Treatment but there didn't seem to be any reaction thus stopped.
Today Feb. 4, 2014 I visited a NEW Dermo DR asking for a full skin scan (I'm 50 YO female, fair-haired, fair-skinned caucasian with lots of hours outdoors). NEW DR gave me full exam and declared that there were no concerns with my skin (any of it). I then told NEW DR of BCC Dx in August.... he rubbed my forehead with alcohol-soaked gauze and examined thru his 10x polar-light magnifier and declared 'yes, he could see a small pink bump (MINISCULE) in the scar tissue. and then he 'lawyered' up and agreed that the 'STANDARD of CARE' is Moh's surgery for this.
After he left, his assistant (who was there for the whole thing) said that I could wait until I got medicare insurance to cover the cost of surgery. So, I will NOT be getting Moh's surgery, I will be monitoring my skin for pearly bumps and other strange things. For pearly bumps I will invoke the peroxide Treatment (seemed more effective and makes sense when I think of my mom putting it on cuts and scrapes when I was a kid-'get rid of the bad stuff'); for other things I will go back to NEW DR for exam and Diagnosis.
Ten Mile , Tn
Missouri City Tx