The human skin is exposed daily to many environmental factors. Among these, the noxious influence of UV irradiation on the skin has been largely investigated, but the importance of mechanical trauma has been neglected. The KP had to be considered not exclusively as ‘an associated skin manifestation’ of vitiligo an other cutaneous diseases, but as a fascinating process was able to give the physician any information about the pathogenesis and cause of skin disorders. (Y. Gauthier and L.Benzekri)
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