We report 2 cases of parakeratosis variegata (PV) evolving from lesions beginning with characteristics of ashy dermatosis. Both patients presented with a reticulated, poikilodermatous and hyperpigmented eruption with bizarre coalescent lichenoid papules. Histology showed lichenoid epidermotropic infiltrates, more pronounced in case No. 1, consistent with early malignancy. The course was chronic: after more than 10 years, systemic symptoms were not present. In patient No. 1, a monoclonal T-cell population was detected 12 years after the onset of the disease. Both patients had close contact with fertilizers and insecticides. In patient No. 2, the lesions spontaneously regressed within 3 years after cessation of exposure. PV may be a prelymphomatous stage of mycosis fungoides or some closely related cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and does not always evolve into overt malignancy. Gene rearrangement detection techniques may be helpful in predicting the course of the disease.