TikToker Convinces Men That Women Can 'Peel Off Their Skin' After Their Period

Model and actress Dakota Fink has sparked a hilarious online debate since her TikTok video, claiming that women "peel off" layers of skin after their periods, went viral last week. Soon enough, thousands of TikTokers joined in on the joke, leaving men, and even some women, utterly confused.

The TikTok video, which has been viewed over 21 million times in a mere six days, features Fink slowly peeling off a face mask—which, admittedly, bears a remarkable resemblance to real human skin. "Throwback to when men didn't know we had to peel off layers of our skin after our period," says the video's text.

Fink also includes the caption, "How did they not know this wtf ??"

@dfinkk

How did they not know this wtf ?? #fyp

♬ original sound - dakota

Many viewers embraced the joke and quickly took it to new extremes.

"Thank you so much for normalizing this!! Women don't need to be insecure about it!" commented athlete and influencer Victoria Garrick.

Others jokingly contributed anecdotes involving the skin-peeling phenomenon. "My husband divorced me when he found this out," wrote one TikTok user.

"Me and my sister call it our 'monthly peel,'" added another TikTok user.

However, the TikTok community's commitment to the joke has left some viewers baffled—and it wasn't just the men. People of all genders appeared confused by the claim, with many women reporting that they had never experienced the "skin-peeling" side effect of menstruation.

"I am actually confused?? Is this an actual thing?" wrote one TikToker.

"Umm... Is this real? Cause I nor any other woman I know peel their skin off," one woman commented.

"Please tell me this is a joke," added another.

Others admitted they fell for the prank before a quick Google search cleared things up for them: "Me. A guy. Immediately googled it," wrote one commenter, alongside a facepalm emoji.

Skin Peeling TikTok
TikTok user @dfinkk went viral after joking that women "peel off layers" of skin when they get their periods. TikTok/@dfinkk

These types of platform-wide pranks are common on TikTok, and several prior have actually been period-related. This past winter, it became a trend for women to send their male partners to the store in search of menstrual products that don't exist. Users sent their clueless partners to buy items like "rechargeable" tampons or tampons "with wings" and filmed their reactions upon learning the request was a prank.

In 2019, a TikToker created a hoax that women "eat" their tampons after they have been used to "reabsorb" the lost blood.

@caro.trash

men!! ask any girl and she’ll tell you its 100% true #fyp

♬ period - caroline

For anyone who still may be wondering: while periods can cause many symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, and fatigue, they do not cause skin peeling, especially not like the "peeling" in Fink's post.