Is the product I bought overseas really what it says?
Thank you for asking this. This question is coming up more and more as we all travel and it’s tempting to pick up things in other countries to try to save money or…..to try a cheaper brand in countries where things like tretinoin may not require a prescription.
In my opinion, you should absolutely try changing to a well known brand first. There is very little regulation of pharma companies, particularly in China and India, producing generics.
Also, even if it says, made in Canada for example, all the raw ingredients may have come from overseas and just been “compounded” (mixed together) in Canada. Again, an attempt to mislead consumers, in my opinion. I would like to see all sourcing required on the packaging.
So try a well known brand first. Cleanse, put a thin layer of your moisturizer on, wait 5-10 minutes and then apply about a pea sized amount of the tretinoin all over very evenly.