I love living in Montana BUT my skin is not a fan of the dry air...and they say it takes your body 10 years to adapt to a significantly different climate. Since moving here I found out that I have nummular eczema (the photos are a little graphic). After Little Bug was born we found out that he had it, too. Not fun! Baths can exacerbate eczema so we had to find a way to combat it.
Research into the ingredients in baby shampoos, bodywashes, and bubble baths raised some serious red flags for me. Most contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Both of those ingredients are used as foaming agents/surfactants and they dry out your skin, which makes eczema worse. They are also often contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is a carcinogen. I also ran into issues with mineral oil and artificial fragrances (which use parabens to adhere scent to the skin). It was very frustrating because I wanted to make sure that what I was using was safe.
After much research, I did find some great products that have worked well and are safer. One of the first we found was California Baby Therapeutic Relief Eczema Shampoo and Bodywash. We've been using it for five years now and it has made a huge difference. We also use California Baby Bubble Bath because Little Bug loves baths. The bubble bath doesn't dry out his skin at all and it comes with a bubble wand. This company has really good ratings on EWG's Skindeep Database, which is a great resource. Plain epsom salt is also great and we have sometimes added an essential oil to it, though you do have to be careful with oils. We have also used Eucerin Professional Repair Concentrated Lotion for Extremely Dry Skin, though there may be others with even better ratings. Another good product line to try is the Beautycounter Kids Collection, which also has very good ratings on EWG.
Note: I am not affiliated in anyway with California Baby, EWG, or Eucerin and receive no compensation for including links to their products. They are simply products that have worked well for my family. I am an environmental health advocate with Beautycounter but receive no compensation unless someone orders a product.