Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race. Hyperpigmentation can  be brought on by many different factors including  sun damage, inflammation such as  from an eczema flare-up., skin injuries, acne scarring. There are a number of different treatment options available, some of which include topical treatments ,acids peels and chemical peels, retinoids, laser resurfacing peels,  and microdermabrasion.