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Bliss Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter: Does It Really Do That…Or Anything?

By Amalah

Sometime around the New Year I posted my skincare and cosmetics wish list for 2008 — and pretty high up on that list was “a skin lightener that WORKS.” I have a single medium-ish sun spot on my right cheek. A memento from pregnancy. Foundation and bronzers make it less noticeable, but man. I’d really love to get rid of it entirely, or at least lighten it a bit.

(The only product I’ve ever tried for it was Philosophy’s Pigment of Your Imagination SPF, which I hated.)

Since I know my dermatologist will tell me to wear sunscreen (done) and suck up and live with it (nooooooo!), I hit the cosmetics aisle. Skin lighteners are expensive, and all the hyperbole on the packaging (instant, dramatic results! blast away pigment with the power of aminodroxydoneine and the essence of green tea!) has always made me roll my eyes. They can’t really work all that well, right? (See: Philosophy; Imagination, Pigment of.)

Bliss Sleeping Pill Liver Spot Lifter

blisssleepingpeel.jpgBut what the hell, I picked up a bottle of Bliss Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter. Sephora had pulled several lightening serums and creams into a special display for liver/age/sun spot removal, and I picked the Bliss one because it wasn’t the absolute cheapest, but was still priced well below the most expensive options. A nice middle-of-the-road option. For $52. Yikes. That’s one uppity road, yes.

So I’ve been using it for a month now. Over a month, probably. So what did the “most advanced formula possible” do for in all that time?

Um. Yeah. It didn’t do a THING. It just flat-out 100% doesn’t work. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting a laser peel in a bottle but…I wasn’t expecting it to fail so spectacularly.

There are actually days where I think the dark spot looks WORSE, like the serum did lighten the non-pigmented, already-very-pale skin around the spot, while doing nothing for the actual target area. Some days I think I may be imagining even this.

Either way, I may as well be the proud owner of a $52 bottle of air. Pfft.

Editor’s note: Bliss Sleeping Peel Liver Spot Lifter has been discontinued. We suggest Bliss That’s Incredi-‘peel’! Glycolic Resurfacing Pads instead — we have not tried them, but they are well reviewed elsewhere.

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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I’ve never had any luck with Philosophy products, either. (Yet I keep buying them because their packaging is so damn clever. HATE!) Try the Lumedia Facial Brightener by Bremenn Reasearch Labs available on I’ve been using this coupled with the occasional microderm and chemical peel and the combination of the three have erased thirty years of not wearing sunscreen. (I know, I know… I promise I wear it now.) Also, if serious dark circles are a problem, check out Hylexin, also by Bremenn. The price is kind of prohibitive, but it does work and a tube lasts quite a… Read more »


I think you said once that this product was crap – but it has been working for me. The Philosophy under eye brightener something or other. (SO helpful! I know!) The thing is, it didn’t do anything for at least a month. Nothing. I was disgusted – but kept using it because figured “meh, extra moisturizer I already paid for”. I just noticed the other day that I actually don’t have blue/black dark circles under my eyes anymore. And I’m sure as heck not getting any more sleep. I don’t know if that would help with a sun spot or… Read more »


Argh. I have melasma from hell, thanks to my pregnancy over two years ago.
One thing that has actually shown improvement for me is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle INTENSIVE night cream. Yes, it’s marketed for reducing wrinkles, but the same Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid that fight wrinkles also help to lighten sun and hormonal discolorations.
I don’t spend a lot on skin care (although the closer I get to 40, the more I see that I’m going to have to soon), so actual real-life visible improvement is totally worth the $8 I spent on it.


Hey amalah, Longtime lurker, de-lurking so that I can hopefully help with this. I’m actually a physician assistant student who is at the end of my dermatology rotation. I can tell you we’ve frozen many a liver spot with great removal (rather, I’ve seen people without liver spots that said they had previously had them.) It’s the same kind of freezing that happens to a wart, if you’ve ever had one of those removed, only you use a less intense freeze. You may still blister for a week or so, but shouldn’t scar if you have a good dermatologist/practitioner applying… Read more »