A new wellness trend is sweeping the gay community. As more and more people start sunbathing their rear ends, doctors have a warning for the popular trend. Although few people get to see a person’s behind, the trend of “perineum sunning” is becoming more popular, and people are sharing images on social media of themselves with their legs spread as they let the sun tan their butts.

While social media influencers are proclaiming this to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the trend is very worrying for doctors. These influencers want to be able to show off more of their skin and forgo the “unpopular” underwear tan lines that many people have when they’re sunbathing. That’s why more and more people are jumping at the chance to shed their shorts and go perineum sunning so their butts can be as dark as the rest of their tanned flesh.

One influencer shared a nude photo of herself lying on a rock in a desert setting with her legs in the air so she could get some sun on her private parts. The user is called Metaphysical Meagan on Instagram, and she has tens of thousands of followers who are all eager to see her latest wellness activities like her engaging in perineum sunning.

She wrote, “Perineum sunning is an ancient Taoist practice that originated in the Far East.” She added that the perineum is called the “Gate of Life and Death” and “is a gateway where energy enters & exits the body.”

Her post on Instagram was a lot lengthier than most. She said, “My experience with perineum sunning has been profound. I have been practicing this for a few months now. I start my day with 5 minutes of perineum sunning & feel energized for hours. I no longer rely on coffee for energy to start my day because I am getting my energy from the sun. I also am experiencing better sleep and require less sleep due to the boost of overall energy.”

She also highly recommends the practice – although doctors say it is very dangerous.

“I would highly recommend this to anyone who is seeking optimal health & wellness and to those looking to connect with their sexual energy in a balanced way,” the Instagram influencer wrote. “The main advice I have that this practice is meant to be done in the time of 30 seconds to 5 minutes MAX in the sun.”

Doctors encourage people to stop doing this immediately.

“As a dermatologist, I cannot recommend any sun exposure without sun protection,” Nazanin Saedi, MD, Director, Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center, said to Health.com. “These areas, just like other areas of the body, do need sun protection, and clothing tends to provide that.”

Another dermatologist, David E.  Bank, MD, also urged people to stop.

“It’s actually dangerous,” he said. “This skin is particularly sensitive.”

And if you think you’re butt needs extra vitamin D, think again.

“The recommended amount of vitamin D is easy to get from a healthy diet or supplements,” said Anna Karp, DO, a dermatologist at NYU Langone Health.

What do you think about this “wellness” trend?

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