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Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:51 am      Reply with quote
Hello Everyone!

This is the first product review from my new package of Yonka products. The other products that I ordered are still "settling" so I'm not sure what their long-term effect is -- I'll write more reviews as I see (or don't see) results.

Yonka Juvenil, however . . . my goodness, I saw results RIGHT AWAY. I almost thought it was a figment of my imagination until I kept using it and realized how wonderful it is.

Yonka Juvenil is essentially an acne spot treatment. It's in this little pump bottle. You kind of have to pump a few times to get some product in your palm and then spot-treat the areas on your face that need the product. It's hard to get just "one drop" though because one drop will just drip on the side of the bottle. The best way is to pump 3-4 drops into your palm, and then apply with the fingers on your other hand. Kind of messy, but it's the best way so far.

So what does it do? Well, just FYI, every time I have a pimple flaring up, I usually run for my Proactiv lotion. I USED to run for Clearasil but clearly that doesn't work for me anymore. So Proactiv lotion usually gets rid of the pimple in a few days.

A few days ago, however, I had a few pimples flaring up along my jawline -- the worst area, right? I figured I was putting my face in my hands during class and didn't realize what I was doing . . . and then I paid for it later. I was GOING to put Proactiv lotion on the area, but then I received the Juvenil the same day. It was VERY brave of me to deviate from my usual product . . . Proactiv works so well for me that I was weary of trying anything else.

Nevertheless, I treated the "bumpy" area with the Juvenil and applied Creme PG . . . and went to bed.

Next morning?! Goodness . . . the bumps were still there -- but BARELY. This stuff works faster than Proactiv (which is amazing!!!!!!!)!!!!!!!!!! Essentially, the product sort of dried up the acneic area -- but not "dry" as in flaky skin. It really "healed" the area. Secondly, the product doesn't sting. Thirdly, it actually relieves any inflammation you have. For instance, I pick at my skin a lot (I know I know, gotta break the habit). My fingers were roaming around my jawline before I put on the Juvenil . . . the skin was red and irritated, but the Juvenil completely alleviated it! And it felt and looked better almost immediately! I KID YOU NOT. Proactiv usually dries out my skin after a few days but Juvenil is so gentle!

The only complaint I would have is that it comes in a really small bottle -- so I'd have to buy some more pretty soon =D Secondly, the smell isn't as "great" as you would expect from Yonka. It's still an OK smell but it's not as fruity or fresh or aromatherapeutic. It almost smells like Chinese medicine (for you Asians out there that can relate). I don't CARE what it smells like, though -- it works wonders on your skin!!!!!!

It's definitely a wonderful product -- I thought I struck gold when I found Proactiv many years ago, but this Juvenil stuff is beyond belief! I really really like it. I wish there were an easier way to get it out of the bottle (other than pumping) but I think this is the most sanitary method out there.

DEFINITELY ask for a sample of this next time you order (assuming EDS has samples of this product). This is a product that you can actually experience WHOLEHEARTEDLY by using a sample size. Most products in sample sizes aren't very useful since it's just a single-use sample. However, use a Juvenil sample -- you will feel and see a difference. And you only need a LITTLE bit on the spot. Give it a try. I know it doesn't smell so good but WHATEVER. Smile It works!!!!!!!!

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Yonka Juvenil (15 ml / 0.5 floz)

Stand up against acne blemishes with Yonka Paris Juvenil - Deep Acne Fluid. It uses natural and gentle, yet effective essential oils to clear, smooth, and calm your inflammed, uncomfortable skin for a healthy-looking complexion.

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Sat Feb 19, 2005 7:27 pm      Reply with quote
I have nothing else to say but this.

I love this product. It is really a life saver and I no longer have to use the Proactiv..

I found that Proactiv did its job but you have to always use it as for Juvenil...u can use it but not all the time..

it works deep inside your skin and the results are fast and very visible.

Even my boyfriend started using it.. he swears by it.

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Sat Feb 19, 2005 9:13 pm      Reply with quote
I love this product also, it helps me to clear out my pimples, and now my skin is back to normal , no more breakouts.

I can't compare Junevil with Proactive though, coz i have never used it.
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Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:33 am      Reply with quote
Sorry to put a spanner in the works, but.....

when I strated using this product, I noticed a reduction in the size of my pimples, but after a few weeks of use, I had these tiny little bumps under my skin, that just would not go away. They were really irritating me, and I'm not 100% sure whether the juvenil was causing the little bumps or not....but I've stopped using the product anyhoo.

Having said that, my skin is fairly spot prone anyway, so perhaps juvenil is good for your skin if you get the odd blemish, but if you have more frequent breakouts of volcanic erruptions on the skin (like me Rolling Eyes ), perhaps something else would help??? Question
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Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:06 am      Reply with quote
I too love this products. My hubby has taken it over, he likes that it controls his breakouts without drying his skin.
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Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:05 am      Reply with quote
I had very high hopes for this product, but I'm sad to say it didn't work for me Sad I have hormonal/cystic acne (a few "underground" bumps constantly on my chin) & I used to try & 'prevent" at night by mixing w/ Creme 15, and as a spot treatment in the morning for about 4 weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't make me break out any less (or any more), and while the Juvenil was really good at getting rid of redness, the pimples ran their regular course. I think though on non-cystic pimples, it would probably work very well... too bad for me because the smell (which I didn't like at first) really grew on me Crying or Very sad
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Based on "Bostonís" rave review/s, I decided to ask for a sample of Juvenil and Emulsion Pure the next time I was at my beauty boutique, which just so happened to be on Friday. So the SA gives me a tiny drop of the Emulsion Pure, which I havenít tried yet because I donít feel any giant zits coming on right now. But the SA says, ďHere, the Juvenil bottleís almost empty so Iím just going to go ahead and give it to you.Ē I thanked her profusely and scurried out to my car before she realized that sheíd actually given me like a 3 month supply of Juvenil (everyone says you only need a drop or two at a time, right?? The bottle she gave me had about 1/4 stuff left in it!!)! I tried it out Friday night on a zit that came up under my chin and Boston was right Ė the next morning the damn thing was all but a memory!! My only gripe about the Juvenil is the *very* strong scent, but if it performs magic like that on my next breakout (I donít get them very often, but when I do, itís usually one of those giant zits from hell that get really sore and take forever to come to a head), Iím willing to overlook that tiny flaw!!

BTW, my local Sephora is two doors down from my beauty boutique, so while I was in the neighborhood, I went in and asked for a sample of Decleorís Essential Balm since itís gotten so many raves for treatment of eczema and other types of rashes Ė I thought it would be good to use on those red, scaly patches I get on my legs which are nothing more than severely dry skin. Anyway, one of the Sephora SAís really, *really* likes me Ė she always gives me a huge handful of samples whenever Iím there. So when I asked for the Essential Balm sample, she filled up this entire little plastic jar (about the size of the Decleor lip balm container) of it, which I figured to be the equivilent of an actual half-jar of Essential Balm...this stuff is probably going to last me 4-6 months!! God bless generous sales assistants! Very Happy

Anyway, you can count me among the Juvenil believers now. Thanks for the recommendation, Lisa!!

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Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:42 am      Reply with quote
*hands over Juvenil club card to Carrie* Smile

I'm glad you like this Carrie. I've got this on at the moment. I've developed this *monster* of a pimple just under the jaw line. I agree that the smell is quite strong and rather herbal and I also don't really like the consitency (too watery) but this stuff works!

I hope you like the Essential Balm as well! Please do try it on your face as well. Way to go on finding a nice and super generous SA!
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Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:00 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks ladies,
My to try list just got a little longer Very Happy
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Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:36 am      Reply with quote
I don't know if this has anything to do with Juvenil but I was very pleasantly surprised by how my skin looked this morning (given that I have a cold and have had little sleep the last few days). I posted yesterday about trying the Orlane Morning Recovery Concentrate this morning but I didn't really get a chance to.

I had this massive pimple come up just below the jaw line so I decided that it was time to use Juvenil. I was so tired (and lazy!) though that instead of spot treating I just took two pumps and put it all over my face (and got a bit of a minty feeling that I never noticed before I don't think). Then I just put Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel over it (as every other night recently).

I woke up this morning and not only is the pimple smaller (kinda what I expected anyway), my face looked even toned and radiant. I was actually quite surprised. I'm not sure if it was complete coincidence or if it had something to do with either/both of the products but I thought I'd report back to the collective anyway Smile
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:28 pm      Reply with quote
Wow, I've made believers out of you (especially out of "Austin" -- yay Carrie!).

One thing I've noticed, Mabsy, is YES, Juvenil does offer a bit of a "minty" after effect. But I don't suggest using this stuff all over your face because it WILL cause other pimples to come to the surface.

See, I've noticed that Juvenil has two effects:
1) It will purge whatever is under your skin (be it a massive zit waiting to surface or other dirt that you haven't felt yet) by bringing the zit to the surface, OR
2) It will just demolish whatever is there and you won't see it again.

If you use it all over your face, you risk having option #1 happen and then your face is full of zits and you'll think that Juvenil doesn't WORK. I remember PMing Mabsy when I first got Juvenil and asked "Why am I breaking out so much" and then, after a year or so of using it, I realize that it's just a very potent product that you should use on spots that you want to GO AWAY. If you have clear skin, don't bother slabbing on Juvenil because it'll just cause more and more dirty to come up.

Of course, if you are brave, use Juvenil all over your face for a month -- bear through all the "surfacing" that will happen, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how clean your face feels afterwards (you could THEN put Juvenil all over your face and realize that your face is pretty clean)!

Just an update from my side Smile
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:31 pm      Reply with quote
Hi chunlisa, you made a believer out of me cause I have ordered it. I'll let you know how I get on.
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Hi There,

I have been using juvenil mixed with my moisturiser(various) twice a day...and also as a spot treatment, for one month. here is the verdict...It is the best stuff ever for bringing the gunk to surface...it works within 24 hours on most of the buggers. but those deep ones take much longer to surface and sometimes they just dont surface and become smaller and painless..i dont know if it is good or bad..I would rather have NO bump, small or big!

Though once when something was not coming to head after many applications , i layered proActive sulphur mask over juvenil and went to bed...and Bingo!...it came up next morning. So maybe I have found a solution to deep buggers as well. I coulnt try it anymore...(I could have though since these bumps never leave me alone) as I keep forgetting these discoveries! Now that I remember it again I will try on the next one.

now..after a month of using juvenil..I still got my TTOM breakout...but it was relatively mild.

I had a sample of creme 15 and though it was very light when apllied ..it caused a oil break-through after 30-60 minutes. it didnt cause any breakouts....and maybe helped some but i am not sure.

i dont mind the smell.of juvenil..but it IS strong.
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The very pungent spicy herbal smell of Juvenil IS very strong indeed. The major ingredient is Ichthiol. I googled it and this ingredient is nowhere to be found except at Yonka's website. It may have been used to treat cold in the old times but there is no data at all from other sources of its uses. I don't see that ingredient in any other product.
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The very herbal spicy smell of Juvenil IS very strong indeed. The major ingredient is Ichthiol. I googled it and this ingredient is nowhere to be found except at Yonka's website. It may have been used to treat cold in the old times but there is no data at all from other sources of its uses. I don't see that ingredient in any other product.
I searched for the Ichthiol, too, because Iím wanting to make a homemade Juvenil to go with my homemade Emulsion Pure (the other weapon in the Yonka arsenal for bringing those nasty ďMt VesuviusĒ bumps to a head), and the only websites I could find, other than those Yonka-related, were in German. But obviously I couldnít read or understand them, and when I tried to use the ďTranslate this pageĒ feature, it didnít work so well. Iím completely bummed because I have all of the other necessary ingredients to make the Juvenil, Iím only missing the Ichthiol....

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Tue May 31, 2005 8:58 am      Reply with quote
ichthiol is antiseptic and antibacterial.

That is all I could find.

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Tue May 31, 2005 8:26 pm      Reply with quote
Hi guys. I LOVE looking stuff like this up, so this post was right up my alley. Sorry if this is more info than you care to read...

The Yonka site spells it "Ichtiol" and there are a few sites that seem to sell ointment by that name, and are listed (as Eve mentioned) as an anti-inflammatory agent, with local anesthetic and antiseptic properties. A few sites note that Ichtiol is a sulfur derivative, which makes sense, because a lot of drying potions and acne treatments seem to contain sulfur.

One of the foreign sites listed it like this: "(Ichtiol - Ichtammol)," so after doing a search on Ichtammol, I found a site which mentioned that "Ichthammol is a mixture of sulfone acid ammonium salt, it contains water and ammonium sulfate, and 11,5% of organically combined Sulphur."

...and yet another site spelled it differently, as Ichthammol, which yielded the following, which I personally think is the most helpful: "Ichthammol (or Ichthyol) is a black viscous liquid, which is a distillation product of bituminous schist or shale. It is commonly used in an ointment in 10% or 20% concentrate as a "drawing salve", also called "black ointment", and it seems to work by softening skin cells."

Anyway, that's probably too much info but just wanted to share what I found. Smile

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Tue May 31, 2005 8:42 pm      Reply with quote
Sorry, one more thing.

Ichthammol can be found as the active ingredient in most of the drawing salves that I can find online. Here's a site that sells a 20% ointment:
http://www.baar.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_Code=356

Carekate, do you think there's any way that you could use something in this form in your homemade Juvenil, or do you think the other ingredients would be a problem?

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Ah! I see now. It's all in the spelling. Thanks for the research, marmurl.

So then I found this:
http://www.ichthyol.com/content/material/cosmetic/pimples.htm

and this... which states that it is actually a natural product obtained by dry distillation from a bituminous mineral found in the Tyrol. So this is not a plant extract as Yonka lead as to believe:

http://www.homeoint.org/seror/patho1900/ichthyol.htm

Hope these helped!
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Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:42 am      Reply with quote
Very interesting! Very Happy Thanks for the links!

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marmur1 wrote:
Carekate, do you think there's any way that you could use something in this form in your homemade Juvenil, or do you think the other ingredients would be a problem?
Well, there's only one way to find out!! I'm going to order one of the tubes of salve and see what happens...(actually, I'm doing something similar with the Calendula [sp?], also a prime ingredient in Juvenil, since I can't find any pure 100% Calendula. The only things I've been able to find are toner/astrigent type products that contain high percentages of Calendula. If my mad-scientist experiments turn out well, you can be sure I'll post the recipe for everyone!

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Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:51 am      Reply with quote
Great! I hope it works for you!!! Very Happy I love that you're quite the scientist.

I went to Whole Foods yesterday to have a look to see if they sold any drawing salves, and happened to notice that they had quite a few calendula products in that area of the store. I hadn't ever heard of Calendula before and was pleased to find out that Calendula is Marigold flowers! I love to find that natural ingredients work well.

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...as Juvenil to get rid of forming pimples overnight!

I had run out of Juvenil and hadnít gotten around to buying another bottle because Iím waiting to receive my tube of Ichthiol so I can make a homemade version. But I had a(nother) giant zit forming on my cheek (must be the stress of selling my house/moving into hotel while waiting for my new house to be finished because Iíve broken out more in the past two weeks than I have in an entire year!!), so I decided I would try my homemade Emulsion Pure on the zit to see if I could ďnip it in the bud,Ē since EP works similarly to Juvenil, the difference being that EP is used as a compress.

So I put a couple drops of EP on a bandaid and I put the bandage over the zit and left it on overnight. The result? When I woke up this morning, the bump had almost completely disappeared!!! So now Iím thinking that maybe we donít need to have both products in our arsenal to combat breakouts, I think it would be safe to use one or the other for spot treatments....

I just wanted to report my findings in case there is anybody out there pondering whether or not there is a need to purchase both products. Iím still going to work on deciphering the exact recipe/formulation of Juvenil, just Ďcuz I enjoy the challenge, but itís no longer a necessity for me to keep a supply of both Juvenil and Emulsion Pure on hand!!

Carrie

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Fri Jun 10, 2005 4:43 pm      Reply with quote
Carrie, who did you order the Ichthiol from?

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i was quite disappointed with it as it's didn't work on me~
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