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Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
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Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

BY SUNDAY RILEY #7 in Face Oil

4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars62%
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  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star4%
4.32 / 5 based on 3,051 Reviews


What it is:
A quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, smoother skin.

Solutions for:
- Acne and blemishes
- Blackheads
- Pores

If you want to know more…
With 1.5 percent salicylic acid, this fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated oil clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin. Tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolorations for a more even-toned complexion.

Counterbalancing the potentially drying effects of salicylic acid, milk thistle and cucumber seed oil nourish the skin and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, without leaving a greasy residue. Chamomile and neroli soothe stressed, blemish-prone skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
"When I formulated U.F.O., I wanted to create a dry oil that practically disappears into the skin, leaving oily skin smooth (but never greasy) and yet effectively treated for blemishes and blackheads. Salicylic acid is notoriously over-drying, leaving your skin stripped and looking irritated. By infusing salicylic acid into clarifying oils (like tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil), the drying effects of salicylic acid are nipped in the bud, while all of the treatment aspects (like clearing congested pores and managing blackheads and blemishes) are in full-force. U.F.O. is part of the new Green Line, along with Martian Mattiyfing Melting Water-Gel Toner, created specifically for oily skin clients."—Sunday Riley

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Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Reviews (3051)
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  • "Absolutely OBSESSED with this! Keeps all my stubborn acne at bay! I apply twic a day sometimes, once in the am, and once at night. Has a strong natural scent but I actually like it. It is very gentle especially for my sensitive skin. It is an oil, but it works like a charm for oily skin. Wouldn't buy any other serum! " in 93 reviews
  • "Just bought this oil, and immediately after putting it on I can feel my breakouts soothed and the light tingling from the salicylic acid so I know it's working. For my normally oily, retinol-dried out skin, it's hydrating enough for daytime use." in 78 reviews
Farah H.
Baltimore, MD
9 reviews
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
Ok so, prepare for a long, stan-ing review. This face oil is my favorite skin care item on the market right now. I tell everyone who has a problem with mild-moderate (even severe in some cases!) acne to invest in this product. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! I happened upon this product by sheer chance, I went into a Sephora looking for some new heavier coverage foundation for the terrible breakouts I was having.  The young lady did a few things, spoke to me about a few products, including this face oil and the Sunday Riley acne mask, and then wrote them all down for me. To make a long story short, I did the rest of my shopping and went into the bathroom when I noticed a HUGE difference in the acne versus when I first walked into the mall. I knew it was the skin oil because it was one of the only things she put on after she cleansed and toned and I immediately turned around to purchase. I will say that it does have a "purging" effect when you first use it but, STICK THROUGH IT I PROMISE YOU IT'S WORTH IT. Every time I experience a break out now, I apply this at night and in the morning it's more or less GONE. I attached before and afters WITH NO FACE MAKEUP and this is not a paid review, just someone who has tried any and everything and finally found a product that WORKS. The first two photos are the day I discovered the oil, one before it was applied and then one HOURS afterward (in the red jacket). The other two have a difference of about one week and then three weeks post UFO! (I tried to attach two post UFO photos but it wouldn't let me so there is only one) My only complaint is how EXPENSIVE IT IS :(  Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Jennifer A.
Minneapolis, MN
109 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...
Okay, I put off this review because I kept thinking, this can't be as good as I think it is. It's going to stop sometime. I'm in the honeymoon period. There's a catch. I'm being fooled. But, no, *knock wood* *smudge sage* * lay salt*. It's real. I no longer get a cystic pimple when that time of the month rolls around. Not only that, this has to a large degree - not 100% - but seriously, a ton, cleared out the clogged pores on my nose that oxidize and look like blackheads - you know the ones that aren't raised but just look like little specks of dirt, and that I was constantly wanting to extract. I'm no longer looking in the mirror a few times a week, squeezing them out, doing damage to my face!
I was extremely wary of this one. I mean, it even warns on the box of a purging phase. I introduced this alone (as I do with all skincare products, but for this one, absolutely no makeup or anything at all added at this time either) and slowly, every other night, and just in my most acne-prone areas, the t-zone and lower cheek area. The smell is INTENSE. Another reviewer said it was tea tree, but no. I think maybe it is the cumin seed oil? It is like nothing I can describe - it's not really herbal or grassy or green. It's...unique. It made me low-level nauseous for about a week and a half, like the entire day, it is that pungent (like you can smell it before you even take it out of the package), but now I don't notice even notice it once it's done being applied to my face. So it's definitely an acquired taste. Happily, I didn't even experience any purging. I use three drops every morning after my toner with my Paula's Choice Resist C15 Booster serum before my The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil and moisturizer.

Before this product, I never found salicylic acid to be an effective acne fighter for me. Benzoyl peroxide was always the ingredient that worked better for me (although it is insanely drying) Now with this layered on top, I can use my benzoyl peroxide on the occasional small pimple (remember, no cystic pimples! again *knock wood*) and, since it's an oil, I get no dryness, plus the magical voodoo effects that this oil provides me.
And guys, I can add a touch of this oil on a pimple and within less than 30 seconds the inflammation is taken down significantly. This stuff is seriously amazing. I can't see myself being without it. I bought the Martian toner first, and I don't know exactly what it's doing for me, but I like it, and I know I want Sunday Riley to keep doing her magic. Whatever she's doing in her products works for me.
On the other hand, this product seems to be a love it or hate it thing. I have read reviews where this has really effed people's skin up. And this replaced the Artemis oil, which was beloved by many, so proceed with caution. All I can tell you is that this is amazingly expensive, but I think it is so worth it. It is indispensable to me.
Ashlee H.
127 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
This is my absolute holy grail. If I could only keep one skin care product I would hard pressed to chose between this and moisturizer since I have pretty dry skin. For at least the last year or more I have had persistent hormonal cystic acne on my chin. Every time one breakout finally cleared another showed up. It was so frustrating because not only was my skin never clear but each breakout left a new scar even though I wasn’t picking at them. I saw this product and wanted to try it but wasn’t ready to justify the price so instead I tried charcoal masks which never really seemed to help and spot treatments which helped a bit but never fully cleared a breakout or prevented a new one. The first day I used this I saw results. I put it on before bed and when I woke up my breakouts were smaller and much less red and the texture on my forehead was better. After 3 days my breakouts were all but gone and while I could feel new ones developing under my skin they never broke through to the surface. after two weeks (or even less) my skin was clear. No breakouts on my face and hardly any texture on my forehead. I use this every night in my problems areas and can’t imagine going back.
Tina G.
New York
20 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
For someone with very reactive skin I have had a hard time finding skin care that works well for all of my concerns. My skin is combination Oily/Dry, sensitive, break out prone but only with those little under the skin bumps that rarely become a full flown pimple. Most blemish treatments over dry my skin and cause more of those little bumps yet if I don’t use anything containing salicylic acid my skin becomes so oily my face looks like a glossy surface and keeping my complexion clear and even is a chore. Then I found Sunday Riley UFO oil... I use this 3-4 times per week (a day or so in between) I either mix a few drops with my exfoliator or I massage a few drops into my skin prior to moisturizer. In just a couple of weeks I noticed a smoother texture, fewer blackheads, my skin feels soft and there is also more even tone. This oil will be a staple in my skin care regimen from now on
Vi T.
Philadelphia, PA
16 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
I’ve been trying to get rid of congestion / texture in the area between my eyes and brows for months and months. I don’t break out super heavy or too often, but when I do, 90% of the time it’s on that part of my face. Super annoying and hard to conceal. I’ve been using this oil for about a week, and the majority of the bumps that have been plaguing me for months are GONE. Seriously you guys, I tried glycolic acid, lactic acid, acid masks, physical exfoliation, the COSRX blackhead liquid, literally nothing has helped until this oil. I had read a ton of mixed reviews, so I was kind of skeptical, but I’m so glad I took the plunge. I’m about to start my period this week, and usually expect a flare up around this time, but so far nothing! And it hasn’t dried me out as far as I can tell right now which is also amazing. I’ve mostly been using it as a spot treatment at night, but have also mixed a few drops in with my foundation in the morning. I got the smaller sized bottle to start out and feel like it’ll last me a while. Also! It really does smell like straight up oregano. I kind of like it haha, it reminds me of pizza in a good way.
Kayla L.
Grovetown, GA
70 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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I’ve been reading about this face oil for a long time but didn’t want to spend the money for something that didn’t work. I finally bit the bullet and purchased it ..... and I am so GLAD I did. It works VERY well and I noticed a difference in my skin right away. It did make my chin area a little dry but with a moisturizer I found that it smoothed down right away. My skin was clear , more even, and even made my blackheads start to get smaller and then after a while disappear . I will say that I was using a whole skin care routine and not just this. This should only be 1 layer of skincare and not the only thing you use. Also , this did NOT wear well under makeup . I have oily skin and this just amplified that under makeup. Mostly because this does not sink into skin very quickly , it takes hours . So I recommend only using this at night .
Rebecca T.
San Diego, CA
149 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...
I can't tell if this works or doesn't work but it's a product I'm still willing to try with.

I struggle with hormonal break outs on my chin area and use it primarily in that area. It's a weird feeling because this is a heavy oil and you're putting it on an area that you're trying to reduce oiliness and prevent breakouts... However, I don't think I've seen more and less pimples after using. It has a strong scent, sort of herbally and organic. The bottle has a little dropper which is convenient for application and keeps it hygienic.

I recommend getting a sample of this product before you commit to the full size and see if it works for you. I've seen comments saying this broke them out or made their complexion worse, which I understand because it's an oil-based product. So far, I like it, but I can't determine if there are positive effects yet.
Katie P.
Louisville, KY
97 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
I bought this face oil from all the hype it got on social media. I’m not someone who has constant breakouts, but that time of month hits me hard on occasions. I also wanted it to help keep blackheads down on my nose area. This product feels amazing going on, it has 1.5% salicylic acid which helps kill bacteria but is safe to use on a nightly basis. I love how it is mixed with hydrating oils to help counter effect the dryness sometimes salicylic causes. The ONLY downside to this product is the smell! Some reviews said it didn’t bother them, others feel the same way i do. I simply hold my breath while I put it on, and it quickly fades. That or I just get used to it. The smell is not enough to keep me from using it, which is why I still give it 4 stars. Now, I don’t have acne prone skin, so I’m not sure how it will  jive with super oily skin. My skin is more combination and works great for keeping stubborn blemishes down! 
Zahra K.
Norristown, PA
48 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Yes Sunday Riley! I was once like the masses of acne prone people, who thought using an oil on your skin to treat acne, was counterintuitive to making acne go away. After seeing all the reviews of this product and being at my wit's end with my acne, I decided to try it out, because I really had nothing to lose. The smell takes getting used to. but I actually find it really pleasant now. It does say it's a "dry oil" but I think it still does take some time to dry down and absorb. However, this product is magic. It truly clears up texture, makes breakouts end much more quickly, and overall helps with the tone and size of pores. I have gone through a couple bottles of this, and I am forever changed by it.
Kennedy A.
isla vista
220 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
I’ve been struggling with acne for years and now that I’m 21 I’m really ready to be done with it. Most acne products help clear my skin but make me unbearably dry and flakey so I switched up my cleanser to the Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser and started using this oil a few weeks ago to see if the new combo would help my acne. I use this morning and night and after a week I started noticing clearer skin, after a few weeks it’s almost completely cleared my acne. I still have discoloration but I’m hoping my brightening products handle that. It smells very strong and doesn’t dissipate— I tried it on my hand in store and it still smelt potent after like 4 hours— the smell isn’t that bad but it’s a strong herbaceous/medicinal scent. It doesn’t completely absorb dry but it definitely doesn’t leave me too oily. I’ve used about 1/3 of the .5 oz bottle in a few weeks so it definitely isn’t super long lasting but I think the price is worth it. Attaching before (top row) and after (bottom row) pics but not sure they truly do justice to how much this has cleared up my skin. I would def recommend this to anyone who has acne but gets dry using typical acne products. This is a new staple in my routine for sure.
Mariah L.
Dover, NH
20 reviews
I am very interested in this product, but have dry skin. Would you recommend this for dryer skin?
Ellen R.
Ann Arbor, MI
216 reviews
Does this work/help sensitive/acne prone skin?
Marquita S.
828 reviews
What type of scent does this oil have?
Victoria S.
290 reviews
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil what did this do for your skin?
Shayla M.
Bensalem, PA
117 reviews
Does this leave your skin feeling more oily afterwards? I tried the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil and it just sat on top of my skin and made me break out more. Hoping this won't do the same.

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