Causes of Rosacea


Rosacea is a chronic condition that is most often characterized by persistent redness on the face, primarily affecting the nose and/or the area surrounding the nose. Rosacea can often manifest as small, red bumps on the skin that can appear similar to early acne-like eruptions. In less common, but more significant situations, there can be an inflammatory condition of the eyelids that can affect vision if not properly treated early.

Although it's not clear what the underlying cause of rosacea is, there are factors that can increase your chances of being diagnosed with the condition and cause flare-ups. You can learn more about how Rosacea can be treated by reaching out directly to our Wichita Falls, TX, dermatologist, Dr. Robert Garbacz of Dermatology of North Texas.


While some Rosacea symptoms may remain long-term, they typically become prominent during flare-ups, and most often affect the skin on the nose, cheeks, and forehead. Flare-ups can occur in cycles, with symptoms disappearing and then reappearing, sometimes for weeks or months at a time. It is important to note that prolonged exposure to sunlight will exacerbate Rosacea symptoms; skin protection, including hats and sunscreen, is essential to minimizing the severity of this condition.

Common Causes

Although it's not yet known what causes Rosacea, most experts believe the condition is due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

Those who have a family history of Rosacea are more likely to also experience the condition. It's more common among women than men, those with fair skin, and people with Celtic and Scandinavian ancestors.

Environmental factors (most notably sun exposure) that can worsen rosacea symptoms also include a number of foods, including coffee, tea, spicy foods, and items that contain the compound cinnamaldehyde, like cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus.

Rosacea Treatment in Wichita Falls, TX

Although Rosacea can't be cured, treatment focuses on minimizing the effect and the appearance of the symptoms. Our dermatologist can diagnose Rosacea and prepare a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They can prescribe medications such as lower-than-typical dosages of oral antibiotics and topical creams, as well as provide in-office guidance to help maintain and treat your symptoms directly.

Since Rosacea affects everyone differently, it can take some time to develop a treatment plan that can best manage your condition. As part of the treatment plan, it's also important to avoid the potential environmental triggers that can worsen your symptoms, and we can help guide that journey.

Get help with your Rosacea symptoms in Wichita Falls, TX, by scheduling a visit with Dr. Garbacz of Dermatology of North Texas by dialing (940) 767-3376.