Bear in mind, of course, that CBD balm is not approved for use in treating skin conditions by the FDA or any similar regulatory body on an international basis, and this is not medical advice. If you need help in dealing with a chronic skin condition, you should see a dermatologist or your primary care physician first.
But could a CBD balm be a beneficial tool in keeping your symptoms at bay? It definitely could.
CBD balm actually has great therapeutic potential for the treatment of chronic skin conditions due to the properties of cannabidiol.
It's established in the medical literature that CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory, in that it blocks the inflammatory process in the brain. Since most chronic skin conditions are by nature inflammatory, that makes CBD balm a natural fit for a potential treatment.
A few studies have found some confirmation, such as one trial in the European Journal of Pain, according to the NIH that found topical cbd was effective in a rat model of arthritis, and an empirical study (empirical studies catalog results and often aren't double-blind) that was published in the La ClinicaTerepeutica, an Italian medical journal, which found topical CBD applications were very effective in patients suffering from psoriasis, dermatitis and surgical scars, reducing inflammation and irritation very well.
And there are others, of course; those are just a few.
The point is that just as with use of CBD oil, the indication in the medical literature is that CBD balm or other topical application is potentially an effective treatment for many skin conditions, especially those involving pain, irritation and inflammation. However, FDA approval is still some ways away.
Will it work for you? Given CBD's anti-inflammatory properties as well as ameliorating effects on pain...it very well could, but you'll have to try it for yourself to find out.
Use of CBD balm is quite simple in that you use it much like any other topical cream or treatment for a skin condition including lotion. Many CBD balms are made with nourishing compounds to hydrate, nourish and help heal the skin as well as CBD, so you get a bit of both worlds.
The first step is to clean and dry the area, and make sure that no dirt or any other debris is held against the skin after applying the CBD balm. This gets the area ready and in the best condition for the balm to actually have a beneficial effect.
Apply CBD balm to the affected area just like you would a lotion, ointment or other topical medication.
You can just leave it on and go, but the best practice is to apply gauze or other soft bandage to the area if possible, so that the affected area is covered and is able to absorb the CBD and for the area to get the benefit of nourishing compounds in the balm itself.
If you aren't used to using CBD in any capacity, it's a good idea to find a CBD balm with a relatively low dosage, until you adjust to it.
However, some people find that more relief is needed, as some skin conditions can be very painful or may involve more inflammation than a low dosage is capable of helping to tame. In that event, you may want to switch to a higher dose of CBD balm.
but you can opt out at any time.