Have you started taking a new medicine recently & noticed that your skin seems more dry? You are not going crazy. Some prescription and even over-the-counter medicines can dry out your skin as a side effect.

But please don't stress. Even if you are taking some of these medicines, it doesn't guarantee that they will dry out your skin. 

And if you are taking a medicine which is drying your skin, there are many things you can do to restore your skin's hydration.

Which commonly used medicines can cause dry skin?

Here is a pretty generalised list of commonly used medicine classes which may cause dry skin. Not all of the medicines in each group will cause dry skin.

  1. Acne medications: Topical and oral acne medications like Isotretinoin, Benzoyl peroxide, and Salicylic acid can cause dryness and peeling of the skin.

  2. Retinoids: Prescription retinoids like Tretinoin and Adapalene can cause dryness, redness, and flaking of the skin.

  3. Antihistamines: Certain antihistamines used to treat allergies can cause dryness of the skin, mouth, and eyes. 

  4. Blood pressure medications: Certain blood pressure medications like diuretics can cause dehydration, which can lead to dry skin.

  5. Cholesterol-lowering medications: Statins used to lower cholesterol can cause dry skin as a side effect in some patients.

  6. Chemotherapy drugs: Chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer can cause dry skin as a side effect.

If you're taking any medications at all and are experiencing dry skin as a side effect, there are many ways to manage this symptom.

The first things to do are to drink more water and lather yourself in a rich moisturiser. To read more easy tips to handle dry skin caused by medicines, click here.

If your dry skin is actually driving you crazy, and none of the tips I offer are controlling it, I recommend having a word with your Pharmacist or Doctor. Sometimes this problem can be sorted out quick smart by adjusting your dosage, or switching to a different medication.