Curaderm Benefits, Application, and Side Effects

| Modified on Apr 30, 2024
Curaderm Eggplant Extract

Developed in Australia by Dr. Bill Cham, Curaderm BEC5, made from eggplant extract, is used worldwide to treat non-melanoma skin cancer. This includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, age spots, and keratoses.

One UK study showed that 66 - 78% of the patients in its clinical trial had remission of their skin cancers after eight weeks of treatment with Curaderm. 1

What is Curaderm?

Curaderm BEC5 is a treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer.  It has also been used as an anti-aging cream in addition to skin cancer treatment. Curaderm has been tested for twenty-five years throughout Australia and the EU. Testing included basic research, pre-clinical, and clinical research.

Curaderm-BEC5 cream contains the active anti-cancer ingredient Solasodine Glycosides, known as BEC. BEC is present in eggplant. The cream also contains Salicylic Acid and Urea at relatively high concentrations that assist BEC in killing cancer cells.

Ingredients in Curaderm

Curaderm is made from the three following ingredients:

  • Solasodine Glycoalkaloids (extracted from eggplants and what is called BEC, are the anti-cancer agents found in Curaderm.
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Urea

Curaderm contains no fragrances or any other ingredients.

Conditions Treated With Curaderm

Curaderm BEC5 has been used against the following non-melanoma skin cancers, such as:

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma 
  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Age Spots
  • Sun Spots
  • Keratoses

It is also a preventative measure for the skin since the cream is natural and non-toxic.

Does Curaderm Work on Melanoma?

No. Curaderm is effective on squamous and basal cell skin cancer but not melanoma.

Curaderm Contraindications

Do not use Curaderm on moles, melanoma, or any BCC or SCC skin cancer that has metastasized (spread).

Why Can't You Eat Eggplant or Apply Eggplant Paste to Skin Cancer?

The reason eggplant won’t help fight skin cancer on its own is because of the presence of “free sugars."  "Free sugars” nullify any anti-cancer properties of BEC. The fascinating process that Dr. Cham used to discover Curaderm BEC5 is worth reading to understand why eggplant in and of itself won't treat skin cancer.

Over twenty-five years ago, Dr. Cham first extracted alkaloids from the eggplant. He identified these alkaloids as solasodine. He proved that solasodine has no anti-cancer properties. Dr. Cham then modified his extraction procedure to obtain alkaloids in their natural state.

He then found that alkaloids are not present as free alkaloids but are attached to certain sugars, rendering them glycoalkaloids. He then purified these glycoalkaloids and discovered that they had remarkable anti-cancer properties.

Further studies over the years have shown that if these glycoalkaloids are not purified to a certain standard, their efficiency as anti-cancer agents drops dramatically.

In summary, this means if you eat eggplant, which naturally contains BEC, you will also be ingesting free sugars, which destroy the anticancer properties of BEC. 2

How Long Does Curaderm Take to Work?

Treatment with Curaderm is only stopped after the entire lesion has been replaced with normal skin. This depends on the type, size, and depth of the lesion. Small Basal Cell Carcinoma lesions can take one week of treatment, while large lesions may take up to 14 weeks. 3

How to Use Curaderm Topical

You should follow the instructions below carefully to treat a lesion.

• Wash the lesion and surrounding skin with mild soap and rinse thoroughly, then dry.
• Remove the protective foil that covers the hole in the tube's lid after unscrewing the top.
• Apply a small amount of Curadern to the lesion, just enough to cover the lesion. Spread evenly over the lesion only.

Note: Do not apply the cream in large quantities.
Note: Do not extend the cream more than 0.5cm onto the normal skin surrounding the edge of the lesion.

• Cover each lesion with surgical tape (paper tape) until the subsequent application of the cream.
• Apply the cream twice daily (at least every 12 hours).

Note: Up to 10 applications with a least a half-hour span can be done daily to remove the lesion more rapidly.
Note: DO NOT allow the area being treated to dry out.

• Stop treatment only when the lesion has been completely cleared and replaced with normal skin.

Note: After the treatment begins, the lesion may appear more prominent. If so, you should apply more Curaderm to cover the area. Once the lesion starts to recede, use less.

Curaderm Application.

What To Expect 

During treatment, some degree of redness, itching, skin peeling, swelling, and drainage will be observed.

Tingling or burning may be experienced for 30 to 60 minutes after each application. This is a normal reaction.

You should expect the following typical pattern:

  • First reddening, then erosion and ulceration, followed by regrowth of normal skin tissue.
  • During treatment, the lesion may appear worse than before treatment.
  • During treatment and until the new tissue has regrown, your skin in the treatment area will look noticeably different from normal skin.

Side Effects

Many patients in clinical trials, as well as in clinical practice, have experienced burning sensations after the application of Curaderm.  These burning sensations can last for several minutes.

Additional skin reactions include reddening, itchy skin, swelling, ulceration, and pustules. 4

How Do I Store Curaderm?

Curaderm should be stored in the fridge. Curaderm should last five years if refrigerated.

How Long Do I Treat the Lesion For?

You should keep applying the Curaderm BEC5 once a day until the lesion is completely gone.

Where Is Curaderm Made?

The founder of Curaderm, Bill Cham, manufactures it from his private company in Vanuatu.


Where to Buy

Check Google Shopping by typing in the words "Curaderm BEC5" into the search box. You will find authorized distributors at the top of the list.

Curaderm Reviews

Kenneth M. (Ohio) posted on 07/26/2019:  "We have used curaderm for several years. It was made in Australia, not cheap but cures all cancer except melanoma. Also cured my wife of a pressure ulcer on her ear hole almost through. Eight days later new skin, no pain ever.. Unknown growth in the ankle and other places healed. We love the products and have pics to prove what I say. My age is 79 and I want to heal, not have symptom relief with side effects." - Earth Clinic Review.

Posted by Jeremy (Stockbridge, Ga) on 03/08/2017: "Used Curaderm AKA BCE5 - had a squamous cell on my forehead, I knew the dermatologist was gonna cut on it, as I had a cryotherapy a year earlier and it returned. My Naturopath recommended this cream, mainly made of eggplant extracts - worked amazingly in about 3 weeks, it eats away the cancer cells, but does not affect the normal healthy cells" - Earth Clinic Review.

December 8, 2016: "I was diagnosed with infiltrative basal cell carcinoma on the crest of my nose earlier this year. After consulting with three dermatologists I was told my only option was “Mohs” surgery. Due to the size of the carcinoma, my surgery would involve several flaps to cover the removed skin. After much research on the web I decided to go for an alternative treatment that not endorsed by FDA or the US medical community. It is a topical treatment called Curaderm BEC5. The cream is plant based and targets the skin cancer cells. After 70 days of treatment my skin appeared to be cancer free. I did notice a small area of skin that looked like scar tissue and decided to see the dermatologist for their opinion. I ended up having a punch biopsy to find out if there was any cancer left. The biopsy only showed some keloid tissue (scar tissue). I hope that my positive experience in using an alternative method may help others." - Amazon Review.

April 24, 2016: "I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on my nose. It manifested as a couple of small bumps that would occasionally bleed after washing my face. I had read about the Curaderm-bec5 cream years ago and remembered it. Thus, when my dermatologist said that the only two treatment options were surgery and radiation, I researched the Curaderm treatment based on Dr. Cham's book. Impressed with its efficacy and ease of treatment, I decided to give it a try. The cream is applied to the lesions twice daily after washing. Then, the affected area is covered with skin tape. The active ingredient permeates the cancerous cells and destroys them while leaving the normal cells alone. After a short while, the treatment site expands. This is normal as some of the cancerous cells are spread under the skin's uppermost layer. But, eventually, these cells are destroyed and the healing continues until the site is free of the cancerous cells. My experience has mirrored what I read about in my research. I will continue with the treatments until the area is completely healed. In the worst cases, this took 3 months. Keep the cream refrigerated. It is to be used sparingly. I will have more than enough to treat my small spot. It is effective on squamous and basal cell skin cancer but not melanoma." - Amazon Review.

Anita D: "I have now been using the cream for just over two weeks.  The lesion has gone through almost all the stages indicated on your extremely helpful website.  It has now shrunk to a tiny indented patch. I contacted your colleague Bruno after a week of treatment, as I was concerned that the lesion was bleeding.  He responded by return, reassuring me that this was part of the curative process and that I should continue the treatment, which I did.  The bleeding stopped within 12 hours, and from that time, the lesion started getting better.

The treatment is a bit worrying initially when the skin cancer appears to be getting worse daily!  Also, applying the cream at this stage is quite painful. But it only lasts about a week. Your informative website encouraged me to persevere, and the end result is well worth a little discomfort.   There is virtually no stinging now when I apply the cream. I hope that this will help encourage others to try Curaderm, which certainly lives up to its excellent reputation!"   - Curaderm BEC5 Review.

Continue reading below for reviews from Earth Clinic readers who have used Curaderm! Please let us know if you have tried this remedy!


Curaderm-BEC5 is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The FDA has not evaluated these statements. Information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your physician or healthcare professional.

Related Links:

Natural Remedies for Basal Cell Carcinoma: Safe & Effective Options
Skin Lesion Remedies
Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Understanding & Care

Curaderm Questions

Posted by Coco (Lansing, USA) on 12/11/2023

Curaderm Use on Excised Basal Cell Carcinoma

Can I start Curaderm if my small basal cell carcinoma was cut off and biopsied and skin has healed over before my positive diagnosis came through? Dr wants to excise larger area now, but I want to start Curaderm instead. Will Curaderm be effective if the topical nodule was removed and the skin healed over? Would I need to open the skin to start using or will Curaderm absorb through skin to destruct lower cancer cells?

Replied by judith

Expired Curaderm for basal cell/actinic keratosis on face

My face seems to be exploding with problem areas. I'm 64, have had two prior MOS treatments on my face, with one requiring skin grafting. Decided that wasn't any fun at all and have now let other areas go a long time. I know, I know! I've already beat myself up pretty good about that! Recently I went to a doctor who used a topical treatment to essentially cut off the blood supply to the areas. It may or may not have been successful, but the smaller ones are smooth skin with not much pink/scar remaining while the two larger areas have pretty significant pink color. Anyway, there still remain other areas and I have some Curaderm left from a spot on my leg that I treated successfully years ago but it says expired 2017. Any thoughts on whether it would still be good? I have two tubes! Many thanks! I wish I knew why I didn't have success with ACV since so many seem to have! Anyway, Happy New Year to all of us! judith


HI judith

The best thing for your condition is Hemp Oil and Baking Soda..

Here is how I apply it, dab a little on sore and put Baking Soda on Oil. Cover with bandage. Four days of this they will be gone and never return.

God Bless



Greetings Gary and thank you for your reply! When you say my "condition" are you recommending hemp oil and baking soda to treat the scarring or to treat bcc/pre-cancerous lesions on my face? Also, do I search online for "hemp oil" or is there another search term I should use? Many thanks again, judith

Replied by Jill
(Colton OR)

How do I know when to stop treatment? My spot is not weezing or seeping at all anymore, but it still is really red. also, when I put the Curaderm on, it still burns.

Curaderm Reviews

14 User Reviews
5 star (13) 
4 star (1) 

Posted by Kat (Canal Fulton, Oh) on 05/01/2023

Have a question with anyone who uses the curaderm cream..It worked great on a Basal spot I had..I had a few pre cancerous spots applied to them and there are much bigger and very red. it does sting still so I have been still using it and covering. How do I know if its stinging from sensitivity from the cream or if it's still working? It's been about a month and it's hard to tell because its just bright red..thx for any help

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Fairlie (ON) on 10/27/2022

My husband and I have used Curaderm BEC 5 for several basal cancers with great success.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Jackson (Midwest) on 10/27/2022

I used Curaderm for basal cell carcinoma, rather than have it surgically removed. That was over a year ago, and I've had 2 check-ups since with dermatologist and am all clear.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Deirdre (NC) on 08/12/2022

I tried Curaderm on two spots on my face last winter. One was a keratosis right on my eyebrow line that popped up a number of years ago. The other was a tiny raised spot along my jawline that had been there for a number of years, barely visible to the eye. The keratosis on my eyebrow went perfectly and exactly as described. It took about 5 days of applying Curaderm 2x/day to work. The tiny spot on my jawline was an entirely different story because, I think, I tore off too large a piece of surgical tape and basically ended up smearing the Curaderm then into a much larger area. It got very inflamed, and the area kept getting bigger and bigger. It then took months for the area to heal up. It's now August, and the skin is finally no longer pink.

So I would like to add that you should always use as small a piece of surgical 3M tape as possible and be careful not to extend/smear the cream outside of the area you are treating. Not a big deal if you are treating another area of the body, but I turned one tiny little spot on my face into a much bigger problem!

Replied by judith

Greetings Deirdre, I read your Curaderm review with great interest as I've always been told that Curaderm ONLY reacts to damaged/cancerous lesions and is benign to healthy skin cells. I'm curious because my face seems covered with irregular skin areas and I'm hesitant to put it on even a tiny area as I know it will activate the nearby areas. I'm glad your jawline finally cleared up! Perhaps, you have cured the whole area! Blessings, Judith

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by LM (Bonita Springs, Fl) on 12/14/2021


I had severe actinic keratosis on both my forearms from the overuse of tanning beds in my teens and 20s. I tried many other things and Curaderm finally worked. It's a tedious process and I suggest also buying hibiclens and washing with this during every dressing change and application. It gets alot worse before it gets better, so don't give up. Once it's healed you will be glad you followed through, the first few weeks are the toughest (for me anyways) after that when the skin starts healing, it can become very itchy. This is when I purchased a lidocaine spray.

Great product! The reason the US doesn't prescribe it here is because of Big Pharma! They don't want us using plant based products!

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Irene (New Zealand) on 09/08/2021

Thank you for a brilliant product- after the GP prescribed inappropriate creams we discovered Curaderm - this has reduced the lesions on my partner's face and are almost gone - I expect one more week of treatment and they will no longer be - this has reduced the inflammation on other areas- so after having surgery to remove other ones he had on his arm we now have a safe -effective natural resource for his care and management.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Bev (OH, USA) on 09/07/2021

My husband developed squamous cell cancer on his bald head. The dermatologist wanted to make an appointment to have it cut out. I found Curaderm while researching the internet for alternative treatments. I applied it to the spot, following the directions that came with the cream. There were also some videos online that I found helpful. The lesion opened up and the cream burned in the beginning as it "ate" the cancer. But my husband was patient and willing to use it. It took about 8-10 weeks before it began to heal but eventually it did. The length of time is determined by how much cancer cells are in the skin. Some time later, the doctor's office called and ask about my husband and scoffed at the idea of a cream healing skin cancer. So my husband went in for an exam. The doctor was certain she was going to find cancer but after taking 4 skin samples, she had to later admit that there was no cancer. He never returned because unlike cancer that is cut out, no cells were missed. It was totally eradicated. He never had any more "suspicious" spots for the doctor to test.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Tdmart (MN) on 09/07/2021

How to prevent scars after using curaderm?

I used Curaderm on 3 spots on my leg that were around a basal cell the dermatologist cut out and made a real doozie of a scar. I assumed these smaller ones around it were more basal call, so I used the Curaderm which I assume worked, but I have scars for each so I wondered why I have scars when so many on this site don't?

Replied by Bruno | Curaderm BEC5

Every individual is different where some of us are prone to scarring easily and some aren't.

There could be a number of reasons why the areas have scarred. BUT If you scar easily, then I would suggest applying Curaderm 2 times a day as written on the instruction and not over-treating the area. Also, after your treatment with Curaderm is completely over, apply Tamanu oil on the area twice a day to help fade any scar tissues over time.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by ORH (TEN MILE, TN) on 09/01/2021

HI U OLE PATOOTS, ORH here, and my face is a mess because I have neglected to address it with 5 % fluorouracil for several years. Now some have turned to cancer and I am using Curaderm as I have for 10+ years. It works and leaves no scars as does a Dermatologist, when he cuts. I still go to a dermatologist to freeze those on my arms and address the ones that get away from me.

Curaderm is an amazing story from Australia where the farmers learned that their eggplant had an ingredient that would cure the cancer in the cows' eyes. A microbiologist named Cham studied and isolated the compound in the eggplant that cured the cancer. At first, the government backed him, but then tried to put him in jail, when the Dermatologists lost their business.

He moved to England and that is where I once had to buy it. It works for certain, but not on Melanoma. Money rules the world, if you did not know. Do not find your cancer by sight. Rub your forefinger and locate rough spots on your face.

Address this every fall so you can keep it under control. I have an appointment with my Dermatologist again in 3 months to see if I need his help. He knows that I am half smart and respects that.


Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Kenneth M. (Ohio) on 07/26/2019

We have used curaderm for several years. It was made in Australia, not cheap but cures all cancer except melanoma. Also cured my wife of a pressure ulcer on her ear hole almost through. Eight days later new skin, no pain ever.. Unknown growth in ankle and other places healed. We love the products and have pics to prove what I say. My age is 79 and I want to heal, not have symptom relief with side effects.

Replied by Air

I have ordered Curaderm BEC5 cream and it was shipped on 9/5/2022 via USPS. It was in Sacramento on 9/7/2022 and I received it on 9/10/2022, at the end of record-breaking heat. Those several days the temperature was between 107 and 110 degrees.
When I opened the box I read the instructions (typed in BOLD letters):
Store BELOW 77 degrees!
The Curaderm BEC5 cream was shipped in a tiny cardboard box without any protection. And it was exposed to several days of OVER 100 degrees temperature.
Naturally I am very concerned whether that (very expensive) cream got spoiled in the excessive heat, so
I just called the VitaStream customer support, and the lady that picked up the phone said she couldn't answer my question, AND there was no one else who could talk to me!
And now I can't use the cream, and I can't get any support from VitaStream (let alone get my $200 back).
All I can do is share my bad experience and hopefully save someone else from repeating it...

Earth Clinic


Your Curaderm should be okay.

Since Earth Clinic is one of the US distributors of Curaderm for the past year, we have been asked this question before and had checked with the main distributor in Australia, which Vitastream should have done. Here was the answer from the company.

Since 2015, Curaderm is now heat stable compared to the older stock. This means that Curaderm tubes can now handle high heat temperatures without affecting their potency.

However, Curaderm still needs to be kept in storage at less than 77°F (25°C). The company recommends keeping Curaderm either in the fridge or medicine cabinet.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Elle (Cape ) on 02/21/2018

For treatment of basal cell carcinoma please google Curaderm which is based from eggplant. You can research it and order it online. It is approved for usage in treatment of basal cell carcinoma in Australia. US FDA has not approved it (of course because it is much cheaper ) than the protocol that US MD's will recommend. Read the Curaderm website. I have personally used Curaderm multiple times with success that has given me 100% satisfaction. When I see a suspect site on my skin, I go to a dermatologist and have a biopsy. If the lab confirms that it is basal cell, I use the Curaderm. The dermatologist that I go to confirmed that he knows about Curaderm, but since it is not US FDA approved he can not recommend it. It is important to continue the application of the cream for the full cycle of destruction of the cancer cells and renewal of healthy skin. It may take day 21 days or longer depending on your situation.

Good luck.

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile) on 08/17/2017

HI U ANA AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN TREATING SKIN CANCER. I have used Curaderm for a number of years. I first bought and read Dr.Cham's book, " THE EGGPLANT CANCER CURE". Not only is the book educational, but it is also very interesting as how the Australian government first helped him and then tried to put him in jail when his cure took business away from the dermatologists.

There are numerous color photos and one is exactly where you say your cancer is.....right under the eye. The photos how the before and after so you can see that there is little or no scaring. My advice to all is to buy this book and read it 3X's. You add the cream and cover it with micropore tape. If your site is indeed cancer then a black scab will eventually form and fall off when the cancer is gone. Mine are usually gone is a month or so. The cancer is usually far larger than it appears on the surface. There are numerous sites on the net reviewing all of the above.

I wish you well.


Curaderm Reviews
Posted by Jeremy (Stockbridge, Ga) on 03/08/2017

Used Curaderm AKA BCE5 - had a squamous cell on my forehead, I knew the dermatologist was gonna cut on it, as I had a cryotherapy a year earlier and it returned. My Naturopath recommended this cream, mainly made of eggplant extracts - worked amazingly in about 3 weeks, it eats away the cancer cells, but does not affect the normal healthy cells

Curaderm Reviews
Posted by George (Wichita, Kansas) on 02/23/2015

I have used Curaderm for a small skin cancer on my finger and it works. The area was about the size of maybe 1/8 inch on top of the skin but when using the Curaderm the under the skin area darkened to about the size of a quarter. After about a week or so the skin starts to heal.

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