Sparfloxacin (Zospar) is an antibiotic in the Quinolone family. It is used to treat certain types of bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract and skin.
Sparfloxacin is rarely used as a treatment for acne. There is minimal clinical research into the efficacy of Sparfloxacin as a treatment for active acne symptoms. However, laboratory testing does suggest that Sparfloxacin has certain properties that could make it a uniquely effective acne treatment.
Antibiotic susceptibility testing indicates that the acne-causing P. acnes bacterium is highly sensitive to Sparfloxacin. In addition, Sparfloxacin is absorbed by certain types of white blood cells, which may help the immune system better control the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Lastly, Sparfloxacin has been shown to accumulate in the skin following oral administration.
More research is needed on the utility of Sparfloxacin for the treatment of acne, but it is an antibiotic that deserves further investigation.
Sparfloxacin is only available in oral formulations and this medication is not available in all countries (eg. United States).