'Gossip Girl' 's Whitney Peak Turns to This Face Oil for Clear Skin

A dermatologist explains why it works so well to eliminate breakouts.

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Gossip Girl’s Whitney Peak Loves This Face Oil For Clear Skin
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Hey, Upper East siders: Gossip Girl is back. HBO Max's reboot of the beloved series debuted last week, but its cast of new faces has been getting the star treatment for a while now. Take Whitney Peak, who plays fresh-faced freshman Zoya Lott and is already getting asked by Vogue to share her tips for clear skin. Her secret for a jealousy-inducing glow? This unassuming face oil from Sunday Riley.

The UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is a medically formulated oil that treats acne, clears congested pores, and removes buildup on the skin that causes future breakouts and irritation. It's full of clear skin-supporting ingredients like tea tree oil and black cumin seed, while anti-aging milk thistle and cucumber seed oil smooth fine lines and wrinkles. In the video, Peak applies three drops of the green face oil on her T-zone, cheeks, and chin to help with acne and discoloration, leaving it to dry before finishing the rest of her skincare routine.

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

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The oil primarily gets rid of Peak's problem spots with a potent blend of 1.5 percent salicylic acid, a hero ingredient for fighting future acne and spot-treating existing blemishes. "Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is both highly keratolytic and comedolytic," dermatologist Dr. Anna Karp previously told InStyle. "Which means it not only dissolves dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, but it's also able to get down into the pore, dissolve the oil, and break apart the debris inside that commonly leads to acne."

According to the brand, celebs ranging from Maddie Ziegler to Saweetie to even Helena Bonham Carter share Peak's love of Sunday Riley. And according to Nordstrom shoppers, the UFO oil is a miracle worker. "I used a sample and saw a world of difference in just a week!" one person writes. "I bought an entire bottle. My skin looks so much better. The acne is clearing, and even the dark spots are starting to lighten."

"This is my new best friend," writes another fan, who previously relied on pricey prescription medications from her dermatologist and regular facials. "I immediately fell in love with the smell and the amazing immediate results it's given my skin. An overall win-win!!! I highly recommend it, especially if you are having mild to severe acne or even cystic acne issues."

A final shopper basically calls the UFO Face Oil their holy grail. "I was in a desperate search to clear up my skin before my wedding. This definitely cleared up my skin in a multitude of ways," they write. "The texture was more smooth, clogged pores became clearer, breakouts were WAY less severe, and the pimples I did have gone away fast!"

The Gossip Girl star-approved Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil is at Nordstrom now. You know you'll love it — XOXO.

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