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The Surface of the Skin — The Microrelief

  • J. L. Leveque
  • P. Corcuff

Abstract

The surface of a body is by definition its outer part which limits it in any direction. More importantly, it is the visible covering of the body. This simple fact has considerable sociological importance, which immediately justifies the interest that researchers have taken in studying the skin for the past 10 years or so. First of all, the surface of the skin is largely what we perceive of others, and this type of received information will be, at first, the basis of judgements concerning a whole series of related criteria (pleasant or unpleasant, young or old, healthy or sick, aggressive or not, etc). In addition to the olfactory aspects of an encounter between two individuals, contact can be established by touch, which is a highly developed sense. Very little is yet known about its physiology, but it involves physical contact of two surfaces which, as we shall see later, have a very complex organization. The very important part played by appearance, and hence by the skin surface, in social relations has now been acknowledged and scientifically described [1]. It gives additional significance and responsibility to dermatology and cosmetology.

Keywords

Atopic Dermatitis Stratum Corneum Skin Surface Dermal Papilla Primary Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. Leveque
  • P. Corcuff
    • 1
  1. 1.Departement de BiophysiqueLaboratoires de Recherche de L’OREALAulnay sous BoisFrance

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