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%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star3%


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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  • "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
Laura S.
Milwaukee, WI
241 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz, SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
I am so glad that I decided to buy this product! Everytime I break out, I make sure to put this on at night and in the morning I wake up with much better skin.  It's incredible! This product also has definitely helped even out the texture of my skin when I first started using it.
I guess the only complaints I would have is the price.  I bought mine when Sephora was having their 20% sale, but now that I'm running out, I don't even want to think about spending $80 on this :( 
Even though I do enjoy this product a lot, and I use it every night,  I've noticed that it no longer does anything to my skin anymore.  I noticed that it does not help my congested pores anymore... it's weird.  It's as if my skin somehow got used to the oil.  I don't even know if that's possible, but this oil no longer clears my pores like it used to when I first started using it.  I only see a difference when I use this oil on huge breakouts.
I've stopped using this everyday since I stopped seeing results and I don't want to waste anymore product.  Although, I'm not sure if I would purchase this again. 
Selena S.
Beaufort, SC
58 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...
OMG I purchased this ‘holy grail’ product that is very expensive is shhataki. I used this product over a 4 month period. At first it was working well then all the sudden 2 or 3 months in I have these micro white pimples all over my jawline and everything. These pimples are the worst because you can pop them but they just keep coming back. I still have them to this day and I stoped using the product in June 2017. So disappointed because my skin has never been the same after this product. I also read another review that this happened to someone else too.
Rachel N.
210 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
This, along with the Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner has dramatically changed my skin. I get hormonal breakouts and have a lot of texture. After 4 weeks, I had clear skin. It was unbelievable! Unfortunately, I had to stop using this because of the smell. It was too much for my husband. I started applying it in the morning, and a few coworkers mentioned an odd smell, too. I definitely got used to it after some time, but I agree - it's really strong. Sometimes I use it on weekends when I'm not around others and it still works beautifully!
Emily C.
Fort Worth, TX
46 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
I love this clarifying oil, especially around that time of the month for me when I’m having breakouts all around my chin and cheeks. I’ll use it as a night treatment a few times a week then and as needed throughout the rest of the month. I wake up to the breakouts noticeably diminished in size and redness. It also makes my pores look less congested and my skin just over all looks more clear and glowly. I approthag the salicylic acid is housed in an oil, there is no skin irritation and you wake up to beautifully plump and hydrated skin as well.
Christina S.
Irvine, CA
24 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Sephora
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...
Sunday Riley’s UFO facial oil is in the green line of products specifically formulated for acne and blackhead prone skin—and although this product does come in the form of an oil, I’d classify it as a treatment more than anything. UFO contains salicylic acid—a BHA (oil soluble acid) that works to slough off dead skin from the surface of your face. While SR’s Good Genes has done wonders for the overall tone and texture of my skin, UFO has worked wonders on my pores and on my congestion. There was a period of purging once I started using this product, especially in the areas where I normally have breakouts. However, after a few weeks I was shocked at how it cleared out the oxidized clogged pores on my nose. Since this treatment is housed in an oil product, there was no drying or sensitivity even though the ingredients are heavy duty. This more than any other SR product has a STRONG smell—if you do not like the scent of astringents, then you are not going to like this smell. I personally do not mind it, but I do feel like this product’s scent does linger a little longer than most of Sunday’s other products. Overall, it is a product I will continue use as a staple in my regiment, despite the price tag and the less than appealing smell.
Marissa C.
11 reviews
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
This product works great! I used it 3 nights in a row after i washed my face, putting it on as a spot treatment. It was easy to apply and smelled great, and a little goes a long way. I saw great improvement in my skin after only 3 days! The reason i gave 4 stars was based on the price and my using it for only mini breakouts, i think it is possible to find a product that is just as effective at a more reasonable price. However, if you are someone who is acne-prone and consistently breakout, then this product will probably be worth the price!
Courtney S.
9 reviews
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...
I used an awful foundation that ate my skin PLUS Mother Monthly was on her way for a my skin was laughable.
I covered it for days waiting for the "Space Race" kit to come in. I was not disappointed. I immediately cleansed my skin and used the Saturn sulfur mask for 30 minutes. I followed with Martian toner and then used a good amount of this (because it felt sooo f*'n good). 
The next morning, ya'll??
Acne almost all but gone. And the one blemish I had that I just KNEW was going to scar after picking my skin (a cystic one...), has almost disappeared overnight too. 

Day one of using this and I got results. I have tried Proactiv and several other lines haven't even compared to Sunday Riley. 

And if you think their products are too expensive, I actually SAVE money buying their products because you get a great amount in each full size. I spend maybe $1600 a year v. my usual $2500+ struggle just to achieve iffy results.

Been down one time, been down two times...oh, never goin' back again.
jana r.
Columbia , MO
110 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...

I have been using Good Genes and Luna oil the last 4 months for my adult skin with amazing results that I could see in 1 day but I didn't think lightening would strike twice. Well I am shocked to say... It DID!
My 11 daughter has hit puberty hard and so on a whim I bought her the UFO oil, I *wish* I had taken pictures. Day one her skin was 50% better I swear. Cut to 5 nights in, her skin is CLEAR! We are both truly amazed. After our mind blowing results with Sunday Riley, she will be a family night routine for a long, looooong time to come!

For reference she started with black heads and small spots on her forehead, chin and nose. 2 to 3 large white heads (1 cystic)

We love Sunday Riley!
Frankie E.
Maplewood, MN
51 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 1 oz more...
oil with salicylic acid?! OH?! SO EVERYTHING I WANT? Thank
you, skin care gods!
This product is
for anyone looking to clear up acne and clarify the skin without
wildly unbalancing the complexion and causing more problems. My
dry face does not do well with traditional acne treatment products;
they wind up being too harsh, too drying, and causing more problems
than they solve. This, coupled with Good
Genes or
Drunk Elephant's Glycolic
Night Serum and
finished off with a generous slather of moisturizer has literally
saved my face. Again, no ingredient list before me, but it's
apparently very similar to Artemis with a much more pleasant smell-
again, tea tree and lemongrass scent TOTALLY killing the scent game.
It's light, beautiful, and perfect for anyone with any skin type
looking to balance, clarify, and clear up breakouts.
Katie M.
St Louis Park, MN
90 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil 0.5 oz/ 15 mL more...
I have been uncharacteristically breaking out and I have been trying multiple different remedies. I use mostly Drunk Elephant skincare products, but I was looking for something in addition that I could apply day/night for acne. I tried a sample for about a week before purchasing. This is the only product I’ve found that diminishes acne spots and scarring without drying out my skin. I especially love that I can wear this during the day and my makeup applies flawlessly! I included a picture of my skin up close.
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.
846 reviews
What type of scent does this oil have?
Victoria S.
293 reviews
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil what did this do for your skin?
Shayla M.
Bensalem, PA
120 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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