Natural Remedies for Basal Cell Carcinoma: Safe & Effective Options

| Modified on May 02, 2024
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), the most prevalent type of skin cancer, is often linked to prolonged UV radiation exposure. While prioritizing medical treatment is crucial, many individuals also explore natural remedies to support their healing process.

This comprehensive guide delves into various effective natural treatments for basal cell carcinoma, offering safe and supportive alternatives to complement traditional medical therapies.

Understanding Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma arises from the basal cells in the skin's epidermis. It typically manifests as a small, shiny bump, often on sun-exposed areas like the face and neck. Recognizing the signs early and seeking professional medical advice is crucial for effective treatment.

Natural Remedies for Basal Cell Carcinoma

Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that can respond relatively well to natural remedies. Treatment options such as curaderm, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda help eradicate the cancerous cells, while options such as vitamin E and vitamin C help to heal the damaged skin.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is nutrient-rich, containing potassium and a variety of beneficial enzymes. These nutrients help your body regenerate soft tissue. ACV also aids in alkalizing the body, so your system can naturally fight cancer. You can effectively implement this treatment as both a topical application and an oral supplement. Swab the affected area with ACV daily, or for more intensive treatment, soak a cotton pad with ACV and leave it on the affected area until dry. In addition to this, drink a tonic of 1-2 tablespoons of ACV diluted in 8 ounces of distilled water at least once a day.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

You can use hydrogen peroxide to treat cancer via oxygenation. Peroxide naturally breaks down into its component parts – one being oxygen. This additional oxygen creates an environment unsuitable for the cancer cells, so the cells naturally die off. To apply this treatment, soak a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and rub the cancerous growth with it until the area is saturated and turns white. (It will sting.) After this application, place a hydrogen peroxide-soaked cotton pad over the area and allow it to dry. Apply this treatment once a day.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda treats cancer by alkalizing your body. This change in pH helps reverse the growth of cancerous cells and heals your body. To implement this treatment, mix baking soda with either water or coconut oil to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and allow it to dry. Complete this treatment at least 1-2 times daily.

In addition to eliminating cancer cells, you will also need to support new cell growth. You can do this using vitamin E or C and aloe.

4. Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract, renowned for its rich polyphenol content, offers potential benefits in treating basal cell carcinoma by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. These polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), have shown promise in research for their anti-cancer properties. To use this remedy, you can apply green tea extract topically as a cream or lotion. Alternatively, oral supplements of green tea extract can be taken to harness its benefits from within. Consistent application or consumption of green tea extract can be an effective part of a holistic cancer treatment regimen.

5. Curcumin

Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is celebrated for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a valuable ally in the fight against basal cell carcinoma. It works by potentially interfering with the growth pathways of cancer cells, aiding in their reduction. To incorporate curcumin into your treatment regimen, take it as an oral supplement or include turmeric in your daily diet. Regular consumption of curcumin can contribute to a multi-faceted approach to combating skin cancer.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is renowned for its healing and soothing properties, particularly beneficial in treating basal cell carcinoma. The aloe plant gel can help reduce inflammation and promote the healing of skin affected by cancerous growths. Apply aloe vera gel directly to the carcinoma and surrounding skin for effective use. Its natural soothing effect can provide relief and support skin regeneration.

7. Essential Oils

Certain essential oils, like frankincense, have been studied for their potential anti-cancer properties. These oils can target cancerous cells and promote apoptosis, or cell death, in these cells. To use essential oils for basal cell carcinoma, dilute them with a carrier oil and apply directly to the affected area. Regular application can play a role in a comprehensive skin cancer treatment plan.


In managing basal cell carcinoma, a comprehensive approach is essential, one that not only aims at eradicating cancer cells but also focuses on nurturing and regenerating healthy skin. The integration of natural remedies, including apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, green tea extract, curcumin, aloe vera, and essential oils like frankincense, provides a holistic strategy for combatting this common skin cancer. Each remedy offers unique benefits, from alkalizing the body to supplying antioxidant support and promoting the apoptosis of cancer cells.

Additionally, incorporating essential oils, particularly noted for their potential anti-cancer properties, enriches the treatment spectrum, offering a natural avenue for targeting and potentially reducing cancerous growths. The concurrent use of vitamins E and C and aloe vera's healing touch further bolsters skin health and recovery. These supplements protect and nurture new cell growth, enhancing the skin's natural healing processes.

For more insights and shared experiences, continue exploring below, where our readers offer additional details and personal recommendations.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Coconut Oil

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Posted by Spice girl (Nelson) on 02/04/2023

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Coconut Oil:

Have used the described protocol several times now on small BCCs, for 7 days of treatment. It's worked each time.

To reduce the pain, try earthing:

  • Attach an earthing pad to the skin near the treatment area. or put the treated body part on an earthing pad.
    For earthing equipment and how to earth:
  • Make sure that the contact of your skin with the earthing pad is firm.
    E.g. when treating your left shin, lie on your left side with the left leg on the earthing pad and put your right leg onto your left leg for extra weight (the weight of the left leg on the earthing pad by itself wasn't enough for me to take the pain away).

I discovered this by chance. It's cut down half an hour of intense sting from ACV to just 5 minutes, and helped me with the baking soda and H2O2 treatments, too.

Replied by Patches
(Oregon, USA)

Has anyone applied Apple Cider vinegar in the ear? I have cells in ear and lobe. I have been treating and seems to be festering. Painful stage now but continuing on. Have done this before in a different part of the ear. Has not come back at the place before but now in a different spot. Seems to be in the ear canal and applying vinegar on cotton. Just wondering if anyone else has done this?


@Patches; I remember reading an article from a retired 70 year old dermatologist that said to use the following:

8oz pure water

1 tablespoon sea salt

3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Use this solution as a compress on the skin for cancerous lesions at niight before bed. Do it for 10-22 days.




Thank you. I have been saturating cotton ball and soaking in apple cider vinegar. Turns very dark and scabs over and comes off but there seems to be more. Seemed to open and was a lot more than what I thought. So repeating….Less lesion, but still there. Repeating the process. I did about 14 days and then let it dry. I am repeating at present. I will try the recommendation. Thanks again. I wonder if I will will know if the root is gone like the person below asked. Time will tell as I keep at it.

(Duxbury, MA)

Did you apply this for a specified length of time before bed or did you tape it on the bcc and leave on overnight? many thanks - dealing with many of these spots!

Replied by Roger N
(Mesa, AZ)

My concern is how do you know if it killed off the roots too?

Replied by Sun One
Replied by Carol R.

Thanks! I continued on with the ACV and it cleared up and looked great. Now I am a year plus later and it has returned. Same location and once again doing the AVC. I went to doc after the last one and she looked at my ear and would not believe the pictures I showed her and that I just burnt my ear and that there were easier options than ACV. She said ear looked fine and no need to do anything. Well I made an appointment today but they said a month from now so I decided to do ACV again and thinking it will be looking better in a month…May or may not keep the appt. But wondering why it returns. Continuing on AVC and once again starting day 2 and the pain is beginning but I know now what will be expected. I did it a very long time last time and really burnt it out but now again?


hi, how did you apply and how often during day etc? thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
Posted by John (Hawaii ) on 05/21/2017

Cured 3 BCC with ACV and baking soda with coconut oil.

The first time I removed my bcc, I used ACV soaked in a cotton ball and taped it to my BCC every night. After a few days it turned red and after about a month I was BCC free.

The second time I removed my bcc, it was close to my eyes, so I used baking soda with coconut oil 1 tbsp each mixed and made a paste and applied it to the area. After about 2 weeks I was bcc free. I had to deal with scabbing and redness but after that I'm bcc free.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Peroxide

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Posted by James (Texas) on 08/17/2023

I had a spot about the size of a small fingernail on my scalp, and after finding info on ACV, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda, I made a paste of the three together and applied it to the area and covered that with a band-aid. Within a few days, I noticed the area became covered with a soft sticky yellowish scab-like material (called's normal). I did try carefully to wipe that off, but realized it is actually part of the tissue, so I continued applying the paste, and eventually the area became covered with a dark, almost blackened scab-like material. What I realize now, or at least what I think was/is happening, is that the paste is getting down into the cancer cells and they start to die off, so the area is going to look rough for a while. Obviously the paste is doing it's job though. I'd stopped applying it now and then, for a day or two, to see what I could see, and it became obvious that it was working. I could see the skin around the are beginning to draw in as healing was starting. One time, because I thought I saw an bit of odd discoloration along one outer area, I reapplied the paste-mixture and covered that too, just to be safe and to be sure I got to the very roots of the cancer cells. I reapplied the paste each day, maybe twice if I could, and let it do its work, and now I'm pretty sure the discoloration was a bad area because the paste got down into that area too and it repeated the above process.
To be frank, I maintained this for 30+ days (though the entire experience was 2-3 months worth) and I think it was all worth it as an alternative to having surgery and a big scar on my head. I took ongoing pictures of the area and created a simple video to show the progress. Yes, it seems like a long time in hindsight, but eventually the area began to fully heal and no more questionable areas were to be seen. The doctor (to his great surprise :) rechecked the area and told me no more sign of BCC. Now I only have a small spot where all this went on, but it healed over with natural skin tones and the scar isn't significant (considering all the little dents and dings we have on our heads by the time you're my age)!

So, to me, the ACV is what I think is the strongest factor, and the ACV, Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda mixture is the most powerful paste imho. I also use a Hydrogen peroxide & baking soda-only mixture if I want to apply a less aggressive mix to anything that looks vaguely suspicious. And I drink an occasional teaspoon of ACV in water, since I've read that can help too.

(My disclaimer: this worked for me, ymmv, and definitely check with your doctor. If it had been anywhere else on my body I might have accepted the suggested Mohs surgery and been done with it instantly...but I still keep the above paste/mixtures handy.)

Replied by judith

Thank you, James, for posting your bcc experience. Did you make the paste fresh every time you applied it so that the hydrogen peroxide was fresh or did you mix up several tablespoons and use it over a period of days? many thanks, judith

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Peroxide
Posted by Lynn (Watauga, Texas) on 08/18/2015

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.

Replied by Eva

I am treating my husband's bcc. It was cut out and came back. This is our third week of baking soda covered with a moist bandage. It is doing it's thing. It is quite large. And, very painful for him. The outer skin is hardened but turning a clear color. I think this might take a long time to clear up. Wanted to join the conversation as someone who understands as he is suffering quite a bit due to the treatment which made me a little concerned if we need to see a doctor.

However, to kill it completely I think personally this is the way to go. We haven't tried hydrogen peroxide because he was dead against it. So, I have only used baking soda. Praying we come through this as it is kind of gross. He has two areas on his back that look like bullet or arrow wounds. I am not kidding. I feel for him and have see his bright personality go into the depths of humility really fast as the roots of this cancer is being extracted and destroyed. What a journey! Thanks for letting me sob!! :)


Cancer feeds on sugar. Maybe you should thing about eliminating processed sugar to help speed up the healing process!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Eva, try the baking soda with a bit of coconut oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Vitamin C

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Posted by Patricia (Arkansas) on 12/10/2016

I had my first basal cell on my chest which a dr cut out and left a big scar. It came back so I used apple cider vinegar to clean the area and allowed it to sit on the basal cell which at times burned but nothing intolerable. I then mixed baking soda, vitamin c crystals and a little water to dissolve the crystals. The site grew into a half heart shape, turned black, crusted, and eventually closed in about 3 weeks. My husband made me go for a biopsy because he doesn't believe in my "witch doctoring" as he calls it. Biopsy clear 😊.

I got another one above my lip and along my hairline. I treated them the same and again my husband made me biopsy. All clear! I told him I healed 3 so I will not biopsy any more because it is 2 cuts, 1 to diagnose and 1 to prove to him it is clear. He is very cautious because he had one on his back that required mohrs surgery so he couldn't believe I was able to cure my own. He then got another one on his back and gave me the opportunity to "Witch doctor" on him. It took about 2 months to cure his simply because he would vascilate between whether he believed it would work or not but I convinced him to at least let me try before his appointment and now it is all clear. 😊

IF you use the treatment faithful 2 times a day, it should honestly not take more than 2-3 weeks to clear up but I know depending on location, you can't walk around with a white paste.

Replied by Tanya
(New York)

I was recently dx with BCC above my upper lip and nose. I have no problem walking around with white paste on my face and no one even seems to notice. So don't let vanity get in the way of healing. Your health is more important.

Replied by Annie

I had one removed on my forehead and they want to do another biopsy but I deferred. Can you tell me exactly what you did Patricia? This is awesome. Did you use coconut oil with the ACV. How often did you use the ACV a day and did you use baking soda mixture each day too. Thanks for your help!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Eggplant, Peroxide

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Posted by jobie (Cottage Grove, MN) on 03/21/2023

Hydrogen peroxide, slather it on until the cancer rises to the surface and looks irritated. Then use a mixture of eggplant/vinegar on the area. There are recipes for this mixture on here, basically, chop up the eggplant, put in a large jar and fill with acv. The mixture can be used after 3 days. Strain off the liquid to use and discard the eggplant. This will also be irritating and more cancer may surface in the area. I don't believe the cancer is spreading, rather it is bringing to the surface what was already there. The skin may turn red, scab over, and cause inflammation which is temporary. After this I use bitter almond oil in very small amounts, (and never to be used internally) on the cancer spots. This soothes the skin and keeps the cancer from further spreading. Do this once a day. It will also help prevent any scarring.

Replied by jobie

I would like to make a correction to my post. Please use sweet almond oil and not the bitter because of high cyanide content in the bitter almond. It has a possible anticancer effect on the area but is considered toxic even if ingested through the skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Lory (Kaneohe, Hawaii) on 08/08/2015

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 is working.

Now this is what I know ....from my experience

This is what I am doing


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


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.

Replied by Denise
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I have basal carcinoma on my top lip close to nose hole, I have been swabbing with Peroxide & Apple Cider Vinegar after which I applied coconut oil mixed with Baking Soda, the carcinoma is very sore but my main concern is that in only a week it appears to have grown rather than decreased.

What should I do?

Replied by Timh
2063 posts

D: I find Cod Liver Oil to be most beneficial in all type skin disorders. Vit-E Oil is also good to apply topically.

Apply Povidone Iodine at least once daily. A synthetic Triple Antibiotic Ointment found at most pharmacies would likely help.

Replied by Nanowriter
(Hotspot, Texas)

Hi Denise, often the lesion will look bigger because it will get inflamed and swell. If this is the case, it should get smaller with time. It's my belief that the cancer cells get the signal to die when they are treated and then the body has to work to get rid of all the dead cells. so the lesion swells up with lymph and white blood cells, etc. It is normal for it to look worse before it gets better.

Replied by Denise
3 posts

Thank you for your encouraging words, I am persevering, I have been applying the peroxide every day along with ACV at various times, at night I apply vit C powder mixed with Coconut Oil or Vitamin E Oil, in the morning there is a often a bloody looking discharge I clean that up with Peroxide which stings for a few minutes. When should I stop the treatment?

Replied by Ray
(Leichhardt Nsw Australia)

What grade of H202 should I buy? And one of my BCC's is very close to my eye. No problems with the Apple Cider Or Bi Carb, but is there any concerns using the H202 around my eye?


I'm seeing this so late as I search for help with my BCC on my nose and here is what I found with Hydrogen Peroxide. Use Essential Oxygen brand 3% Food Grade HP ONLY!! The cheap brown plastic bottles found everywhere are from China and have been found to contain very high levels of toxic metals. If you don't have a very good small organic market near you, iHerb and Vitacost used to sell it with iHerb being the least costly. You can also purchase direct from manufacturers website. It is much more expensive $10+ for a bottle but if you restrict it only for medicinal use it pays for itself. I use the cheap stuff only to clean my toilet etc.

Replied by Lisa

Hi. Thanks for sharing your story. How is your bcc now? Did it completely go away? I have a small one on my eyelid and did try Apple Cider Vinegar but it kept pussing and no healing. I'm now using CBD oil and it seems to be drying out and has 2 raised bumps around the area of the 3 mm biopsy. I'm hoping this will work because the idea of having my eyelid cut out is very scary!

Replied by Rich
(New London, Ct)

Question.... treating a spot on my nose with a combo of both ACV and hydrogen peroxide. Spot turns white after soaking with a Cotton ball and then skin around is red. Is this part of the normal process? Thanks for help.

Replied by Karlin

It might not be a bad thing to see it grow larger when you start using the topical treatments [peroxide, apple cider vinegar, iodine, and I would add TEA TREE OIL as an option] - these irritate the cancer cells, which is what we want. The ointments might also be irritating the healthy tissues, but they are not being killed like the cancer is.

But yes, it could be cause for concern. Mine got a bit painful, but that is okay in this case. Use your intuition, talk to your skin, ask and await an answer [this is difficult to teach].

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Doinitmyself (Wisconsin, Usa) on 02/04/2014

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.

Replied by Elise

I have had MOHS twice on my face. I can absoluately say I will not have MOHS again unless I have insurance and the skin cancer is NOT on my face. My cancer was basal cell. One spot (pearly) on my line of my upper lip and one on my nose on the side. I now have a misshappen nose and awful scar on lip with numbness on my lip even after 6 years. I have also heard that MOHS can stir up the cancer cells and then they sprout up in new places. I now have a slightly raised bump on tip of my nose and no way will I have MOHS again. The face is too vulnerable a place and too much scarring with MOHS. My friend had MOHS on her lip and the cancer came back within five years. Those MOHS surgeon run you in and out of their offices like cattle making bookoo bucks at your expense. I am going to try the eggplant cream -120 bucks a tube but better than $5,000 MOHS.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile , Tn)

HI U ELISE, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recommend you research the Egg Plant Ointment that is for sale on the internet from Great Britain. It worked for me . Just Google Egg Plant Cancer treatment and you will get there.

======= OLE ROBERT HENRY============

Replied by Donna

Please keep us updated on the use of the eggplant cream, I too have skin cancer on my nose and lip and would like an alternative treatment then having them removed. Best of luck.

Replied by Veronica
(Western Australia)

Do I buy the peroxide and vinegar already mixed? For the treatment of BCC. Thank you. Veronica

Replied by Doinitmyself
(Wisconsin, US)

It has been a year since my original post and thought I'd give an update on my status. The original bump on my forehead remains NOTHING but the scar from the biopsy - the remaining 'half-bump' has been gone since before I went to 2nd dermo DR. In March 2014 I realized that a 'bump' on my right cheek was not just a pimple. I applied the peroxide Tx for a month but it didn't seem to do much, then I applied the ACV (apple cider vinegar) Tx sporadically for a month and it didn't really do anything either. I got busy with summer fun and forgot about it. Since late winter to now I've been doing a mix between peroxide and ACV Tx and today I feel I've finally gotten somewhere because the area opened and bled without my coaxing (no real squeezing or scratching). Now I'm applying ACV Tx frequently to really get at the thing (same 'scrubbing wet q-tip' thing). In summary - I think I've learned that WHERE you get the BCC impacts how easy it is to cure. My forehead is thin skin and things progressed in a reasonable timeframe; this new 'bump' on my cheek is in the fleshy/puffy area and I think that is what is making it harder to cure - but I think I've had a literal 'break through' today.

for sure: no MOHs for me!

Veronica: this is late - but I use either peroxide OR apple cider vinegar.

all: I'm not sure that MOHs or peroxide or ACV Tx will cause further episodes. I believe that once we get it - we are prone to get it again. lucky thing is - it is slow growing.... Regarding eggplant cream and questionable websites - I think you're dealing with snake oil sales-sites - I prefer to stick to the basics. EC does not like 'naming names' but the ACV that I use starts with 'b' and is headquartered in California.

Replied by Denise
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How often should I apply peroxide & ACV to my Basal Cell Carcinoma? Do I apply on alternate days?

And at what stage should I apply the Vit C & coconut oil paste? The cell looks enlarged and the crater bigger, it gets very sore after applying Vit C paste and stings & has a discharge. Please advise me.

Replied by Layne
(Toledo Oh)

I am a 63 year old male, this is my 1st post here. I have had a small scab slightly above and at the end of my right eyebrow for about 3 or 4 months. The scab had some raised tissue surrounding the scab. My 1st thought was BCC, so I started to look for alternative treatment since even my doctor said nothing about it while I was having a general checkup a few months back. I came across this web site and decided to try the H2O2 and ACV treatments.

On the 21st of august I started to apply 3% H2O2 to the area with a Q-tip. I was very careful to only apply H2O2 to the scab and raised tissue area. I would apply H2O2 every hour and the H2O2 created a small depressed area in the skin about 3/8in in diameter all the scab was removed as well as the raised tissue that surrounded the scab.

I then applied a paste of baking soda and allowed it to dry. I covered the soda with a small band-aid. The area was very pink and the applications did sting a little. for the next 2 days I would apply H2O2 3 or 4 times a day, covering the area with baking soda and a band-aid.

On the 4 day I decided to intoduce ACV to the white scab that was about 3/8in diameter. The ACV turned the area black and apeared to dissolve part of the blackened area. I continued to apply ACV every cpl of hours on days 4 thru 6. After the dark scab was completely removed, I then kept applying baking soda paste on days 4,5,6,7,8

The baking soda seemed to assist with generating pink normal skin cells. On days 9 and 10 I left the area open to promote healing with the addition of a small amount of ointment to assist the healing process.

It is now day 11 and the 3/8in area is still slightly depressed but no scab exists or any raised tissue that formally surrounded the scab area. I do keep the 3/8in area covered with a very small band-aid and a tiny bit of ointment to keep the area soft. I am very encouraged by these results in only 11 days. There is still a slight depression of the 3/8in area but I am optimistic that this will slowly return to normal appearance in time.

I will continue to report any changes to the area that has been treated.

Replied by Denise

Re: Peroxide, ACV, Vitamin C and Coconut Oil for Basal Cell Carcinoma....

Not receiving any feedback on how to apply, it seems to have grown bigger, please advise..

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Denise, I tried all that and for me, it just grew, so I would advise you to try the eggplant/vinegar mixture as per ORH.

Replied by Debora
(Missouri City Tx)

I use three things. Baking Soda with coconut oil, Peroxide, and raw Apple Cider Vinegar. I then put Vit. E on the area. First Peroxide to kill the cancer, ACV to help reverse the cells from bad to good, then Baking Soda and Coconut oil to sooth the skin. I sleep with Vit. E on it at night for the scaring. Peroxide once a day at night and ACV twice a day, morning and night, the baking soda becomes a paste and I leave it on at night after the first two applications (proxy./ACV). And I PRAY!

Replied by Victoria

How does one know when to stop or what to look for to stop the ACV and peroxide treatments?


When the wound is completely healed, you should be clear of it. If it comes back then do it again and remember not to let it dry out so that your body can expel all the bad cells. Best of luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ketogenic Diet

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Posted by Cbnormandy (Sacramento, California) on 09/15/2016

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!

Update: May 9, 2017

Although the apple cider vinegar seemed to completely get rid of my BCC, it started to regrow very slowly like a scab three months later (Jan 2017). This time, I did not retreat the BCC with apple cider vinegar. I just ignored it and went on with my life, since it was still very small. However, by April, I decided to try a different treatment. Since I had read that cancers feed off sugar, I began a ketogenic diet (no sugar and no carbs) to try and see if I could starve out the cancer. Within a week, the BCC started to shrink, and within a month the BCC was completely gone! So I have decided to remain on the ketogenic diet for the rest of this summer, just to make sure the cancer does not return. Meanwhile, I have discovered another benefit of the ketogenic diet ... my psoriasis has cleared up!

Replied by Luis

Re apple cider vinegar, etc

Hi, I'm a 41 yo male. 3 years ago I had a Keracanthoma. I had it surgically removed on my nose. It required multiple extensive plastic surgeries to fix the defect. It looks like I have another one popping up on my nose again on the other side. The first time I had no idea what it was so I had it let go for 2 mos before I went to Drs. I happen to have a appt w myy PCP as he likes to see me every 2 1/2 mos every since this occurred. So im planning to have take a look even tho thats not his specialty. If I schedule a appt w a Derm it w likely be 6 weeks away. Is there anything you can recommend in mean time. As this is starting up im thinking if I catch it early I can better treat it without the mohs etc.

Replied by Jmj
(Los Angeles Ca)

Have you been back to dermatologist? I have bcc and willing to try any method besides the surgery they all want to do, cancer grows under skin, how do you know it's gone?

Replied by Sheri

Hi CB, THANK YOU so much for your detailed input. What you describe is exactly what I have been dealing with for two years now. My BCC spot is on the side of my nose. It started out as a small 'sun spot' -- light brown, slightly raised -- enough that I noticed it from the corner of my eye. I stupidly put Compound W on it (for warts). That did indeed burn off the small spot (smaller than the top of a pencil eraser), but ever since then I've been dealing with what looks exactly like a BCC (from pics on 'net) that won't heal. I've tried numerous home treatments, and managed to get it to the point it looked like it was about gone, only to have it start growing back. I haven't tried ACV, but will start that regimen today, thanks to your input. So tired of having this on my nose, but I have no health insurance and no desire to have half my nose cut off by an overzealous derm. Blessings to you for giving me the info and a new hope for clearing this on my own w/o losing half my nose.

Replied by Margeaux
(Los Angeles, Ca)


I totally understand how you feel regarding overzealous derms! I really hope this protocol works for you and all of us!


Replied by Christine
(Ballito, South Africa)

Please let me know if the spot area you treated got red, bit swollen and sensitive while using the Vinegar. Mine has a slight crawling feeling. Have been using the vinegar now for 4 days?

Replied by Marilyn
(Lincolnshire, UK)

Hi I have bcc on my nose due to have surgery I've been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for 3 weeks but will this topical application of acv cure it? I really don't want surgery. Thank you x

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax, Va)

I've had good results dabbing a drop of wild organic oregano oil on a BCC on my leg, then covering it with a band-aid. I re-apply every couple of days with a new band-aid. I've done it for about 2 months, and it has shrunk until invisible; the skin looks normal, but I am continuing to apply it every few days, with a few days in-between of not treating it at all. Thinking I'll stop in another month. I hope this works for you.

P.S. Make sure you buy organic oregano oil in a "carrier" oil such as olive oil. And don't get it into your eyes!​

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Posted by Lodi L. (Australia) on 02/02/2019

Greeting from Australia and my heartfelt thanks to those who were willing to share their experience of using natural treatment for basal cell carcinoma. Very happy to add my experience of using VCO/BS during the day and ACV morning and night. This is my story so far. 22 years ago I had 2 bcc's removed from my face (eyelid and chin). At the same time I was advised to also remove some precancerous tissue from my eyebrows and just above it. I decided against that. Lately I had noticed many small red blobs appearing on my forehead and saw dermatologist who immediately diagnosed spreading bcc's. Advised chemo/radiation with possible surgery backup. I'm female, aged 75 and all through my life I have used natural remedies and not taking any pharma drugs. After doing a lot of research, including checking out feedback from earth clinic contributors, I decided for treatment with paste of Virgin Coconut Oil and Baking Soda half/half during the day, and a compress of half strength Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) am and pm for an hour. Oh my, after first application the extent of BCC spread and became clear. From my left brow it had spread all over my forehead and down to both my temples. Also a spot on the bridge of my nose. The stinging pain was intense, almost unbearable and this continued for about a week. I'm on day 8 now and still applying twice a day, the VCO and BS, and the pain has decreased somewhat, at least it is more tolerable. Initially my face was very inflamed and swollen and looked terribly alarming to my kids, who are not into natural therapies and wanted to take me to emergency. By day 4 my skin had a sandy feel to it and I realised this was the early beginning of crust forming. At no time did my skin bleed and right now I see how the outer edges are slowly diminishing. When I apply half strength ACV compress I need to protect my eyes with 3 layers of cotton pads to prevent ACV leaking into my eyes and for the same reason I am not able to treat my nose with acv. I realise that it may take another couple of weeks to know how successful or not this treatment has been. I hope that my sharing can assist others in making their decisions. Wishing good health to you all.

Replied by ORH
(Ten Mile, TN)

HI LODI L.,,, being from Australia, I would assume you are aware of Curaderm. If not research.

Replied by Lodi L

Thanks ORH, and yes I have done my research on Curaderm and decided against it because the affected area is so large and I need to be ever so careful around my eyes. Will first see how this works, I doubt that I can get all of it in only one treatment series, maybe for spot treatment later on I will reconsider again. Thanks for your reply.


Hi I used Curaderm for a BCC near my eye, which had previously been excised 3 times yet still returned over a 6 year period. A surgeon offered mohs treatment once the third excision had failed to remove it completely. This involved two invasive operations, the first the mohs procedure followed the following day by facial reconstruction. The whole procedure sounded horrific and I decided to go down the alternative route. Curaderm was very painful yet effective for a while. However it reappeared again within 2 years. This was when I found this forum and have and I am still treating it with a combination of Diluted ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide, Vitamin E Oil and just now the baking soda an vco. As this site in the corner of my eye is already scar tissued after 3 exisions, it is taking a while to heal and look red and angry and bleeds occasionally. I am not giving up, but I am realistic that as I have had this BCC reoccuring on and off for 12 years it may take a while of treating with these combinations before a real effective sign of complete healing appear.

Replied by Terri
(USA East Coast)

Hello Lodi, It's been a few months and I am wondering how you've made out with everything. I also want to ask how long did you leave the BS and coconut oil on your face in the am. Thanks.

Replied by Lodi L.

Update on my post of 2/2/2019 re basal cell carcinoma.

It is now 21 month post above treatment and my forehead is mostly free of spots until I get to my hairline, both top and side of temples where I was not able to apply ACV part of this routine. My thinking is that the treatment was effective, but just out of interest and 2 spots possibly still there, I'm planning to repeat it next week to see if my skin reacts differently. If there is still evidence of BCC I would not do this treatment again but would try Curaderm.

To summarise:

I applied VCO/BS (Virgin Coconut Oil/Baking Soda) combination 2x daily all over my forehead up to my hairline and for the first few days treatment was very painful. Immediately after first application skin looked terribly red and inflamed. Washed it off before retiring and applied 1/2 strength ACV dressing for 1-2 hours (stings considerably for a while) before sleep and repeated this first thing in the morning before applying again VCO/BS.

Continued this treatment for about 3 (maybe 4) weeks. Occasionally applied fresh aloe vera to support healing. Pain subsided at end of first week and slowly over time redness and inflammatory-look disappeared too. The one spot on bridge of my nose was not treated with ACV but has also disappeared. A friend (84) who was diagnosed with BCC treated it with colloidal silver, that she makes herself, and that was also successful.

Thanks to all of you who are sharing experiences and blessings of good health to all.

Replied by Marcelle

What ratio do you use with coconut oil bicarb?
I do this, making a thick paste so it does not melt all over, I do not have pain or stinging.. I add a bandage to secure it.
How long do you suggest it takes to have an effect so that I know something is at work?
What does ACV mean and the other abbreviations you are using?
Have you tried anything else, how long did you have these before you acted upon it?
Thank you for sharing ure experience.

EC: ACV - Apple Cider Vinegar
VCO - Virgin Coconut Oil
BS - Baking Soda

Replied by Lodi L.

Reply to Terrie (re:BCC 07/15/2019).

Just sent an update on my treatment.

To answer your question, I left OCV/BS on for most of the day. Made a paste of about half each initially and spread it over my forehead after ACV dressing came off. When face gets hot and oil begins to melt somewhat I used tissues to blot my face. Need to find balance to have just enough VCO to be able to spread BS without starting to drip. Midday I would with great delight wash it all off, applied some aloe vera gel or echinacea cream to give my skin some rest and then applied VCO/BS again and left it on till bedtime. Hope this helps.

Blessings of good health to you.

Replied by Lodi L.

Reply to Marcelle (BCC 10/30/2020) I just updated Earthclinic re my experience and that answered some of your questions. I am unable to answer your question how long to persist with this treatment approach. I continued for 3, possibly 4 weeks just to make sure I gave it the best shot. Blessings of good health to you.

Replied by Kally
(Gold Coast QLD.)

Bi Carb and Coconut Oil for skin cancers

I have started using this mixture on a skin cancer that has been on my face for a few years and have had a huge reaction, it is actually hurting quite a big area of the left side of my face, I would like to know when you stop the treatment or how you know you have got all of the cancer!

Thank you

Replied by mmsg
(somewhere, europe)

Kally, having had the same reaction as you, I caved in and had it surgically removed, which left me with an impressive "pirate" scar.

In your place I would continue, but less applications and less amount each time, just so it will be tolerable till it does the job.

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Posted by Pujan (Nsw Australia) on 07/20/2018

I had a scab on my scalp that was 12mm in diameter and very slowly getting bigger. My doctor referred me to a surgeon who did a punch biopsy. The results showed that it was BCC and the surgeon said that I would need surgical removal fairly soon. The wait for an appointment to see a surgeon for an evaluation was two months so that made it easy to decide to use an alternative treatment. Although I had Black Salve available, it felt too extreme to use on the thin flesh of my scalp so I chose instead to apply baking soda and coconut oil once a day, thanks to all the Earth Clinic reports.

After a week, it got a bit irritated with some small amounts of blood expressed. At that point, I cut away the hair in the area and started applying a Band-Aid to keep it from my pillow when I slept. In the shower every day I washed my hair normally and then applied pHisohex anti-bacterial face wash as an antiseptic and then rinsed that as well.

After eight weeks the bleeding stopped and signs of the BCC were disappearing. I kept applying the mix for four more weeks just in case. Now the hair is growing back well although it's a little lighter and the only way I can tell where it was it is a slight dent in my scalp. I stopped six weeks ago. In a follow-up visit to my doctor I had to show him twice where the BCC used to be.

FYI, I consulted three more surgeons who all said it needed to be cut out and one even said I'd need a skin graft (where no hair would grow) to cover the wound. At that point the (free) surgery wouldn't actually be available for another three months as I am a public patient with a low time-priority issue. None of them would discuss my self-treatment for legal reasons.

In retrospect, I'd try the Black Salve as a quicker treatment and possibly more certain cure. Thank you EARTHCLINIC!

Replied by Pujan
(NSW, Australia)

As a follow up, I think the punch biopsy took a core out of the BCC which helped the VCO/BS do its work more quickly. It was also easier to apply as it could easily remain on the top my head. Photo record available. Still no recurrence after 3 years. Thank you EC and all your contributors!

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Posted by Patann (Nevada) on 05/12/2018

I had a bcc on my scalp. Had surgery but it came back with a leison that grew larger. I researched and found a lady who had cured her mother's bcc in the same spot as mine with baking soda and coconut oil. She gave a pictorial ongoing account so I tried it and put it on every day and cleaned it at night. It was tender but gradually came off a little at a time. After several weeks the last part came off today. My scalp is red but I am going to put aloe vera on it. Now I'm hoping my hair will grow back there. Not sure if there is any of it remaining under my scalp but guess I'll find out.

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Posted by Vessna (Australia) on 07/09/2016

I started treatment of BCC on my chest yesterday with baking soda and coconut oil. Before the treatment I had only two small visible lesions. Now my chest is full of "new" visible "spots". Is it this normal reaction to the treatment? Thanks, Vessna

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Vessna, the mixture might be pulling hidden ones to the surface. Which is a good thing in my book.

Replied by Nanowriter
(Hotspot, Tx)

Vessna, that is perfectly normal. The lesion will probably get inflamed and may pus up or bleed slightly. Then over time it will heal normally. Just keep applying the paste.

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Posted by Carol (North Carolina, US) on 11/20/2014

I was just diagnosed with basal cell on the tip of my nose. I used a paste of coconut oil and baking soda (1 tsp of each) as often as I could. I also first swabbed the area with apple cider vinegar. I am happy to say after about 6 weeks, I am free of any cancer on my nose. It works and looks completely normal.

Replied by Taylor

Hi! I was just recently diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma as well and I saw your post and I have been using the baking soda and coconut oil. What happened when you used it? Mine has a scab on it that's hollow and it has a ring around that looks like it's trying to heal. It's flaky after putting the paste on. Is this normal?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Taylor, that's exactly what mine looked like during my treatment of it with 101 different tryouts of things.

If the area isn't getting bigger, keep at it and pls report back.

Replied by Colleen

I have just been diagnosed with a BCC on my nose, after being told last year it was just a scratch by a GP and had it zapped with the dry ice thing :( After the skin cancer doctor doing 3 biopsies and freaking me out, he says it's around $5000 up front, which I don't have, even if I wanted the surgery straight away. I'm glad I've seen this page and that people seem to have success with the ACV, baking soda and coconut oil. They are all things I already have, so I will start today and see what happens... It's good to see so many people here who have been through it before. I've not really been around anyone with this problem before, and the doctor scared the heck out of me :)

Replied by Just Chillin
(Vannes, France)

I have been using both apple cider vinegar and a paste of bicarb and coconut oil. I am not sure if I knocked the scab, but it has bled and gone dark now, so is it safe to continue with both of these treatments? Thank you so much

Replied by Monique

How long do I keep the bs and co paste on the basal cell?

Replied by Claire

Would anyone have any advice about how to treat a BCC on my bottom eyelid? I'm interested in trying baking soda but not sure how much it would sting/be dangerous to the eye itself? Many thanks for any helpful advice?

(Goldcoast QLD)

Claire from London:

If you can't treat it from outside, try the inside. Reduce intake of sugars to NIL (incl honey, syrups and alternative sweeteners).

Take Vitamin C powder mixed with water, baking soda and lemon juice. (Vitamin C powder Must be L-ascorbic acid as it is the best closest to natural. (2-3 teaspoons VitC, 1/2 teas soda and juice half lemon daily). You may need to start small and build up tolerance to Vit C (can trigger diarrhea). Can also drink Apple Cider vinegar (again start small). Or use it as a dressing for salads with lemon juice. What you are doing is changing gut bacteria through your digestive system and there's Internet info on Healing your Gut.

I'm progressing from this treatment to the treatments outlined here. So thank you folks!

Best wishes for speedy recoveries.

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Posted by Cherryjoy (Quezon City, Philippines) on 08/23/2014

Hi my mother is suffering for late stage skin cancer, I'm not sure what type of skin cancer it is. Can I just ask if it Baking soda + coconut oil can still heal late stages of skin cancer? Please email me if possible. thanks :)))) badly needed.

Replied by Wdstklady
(New York)

CherryJoy, Of course it will help any stage of BCC. Use organic raw apple cider vinegar and after generously wiping with a Cotton ball & allowing to dry apply baking soda & coconut oil. You should see results after 3 to 4 weeks. Stay away from chemical sunscreens and wear a large brimmed hat.

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