Dr Alia Ahmed MBBS BSc Psychology (Hons) MRCP (Derm) is a Consultant Dermatologist who sees and treats adults and children for all skin conditions. Dr Ahmed specialises in the psychological effects of chronic skin disease and the link between the skin and stress. Dr Alia Ahmed works in the NHS in Windsor at King Edward VII Hospital and in London at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.
Dr Alia Ahmed is a medical dermatologist and will see adult patients and children with all general dermatological conditions including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, urticaria, hair loss and scalp conditions, genital dermatoses, mole checks and skin cancer. Dr Ahmed is a Paediatric Dermatologist and sees and treats infants and children suffering from a range of skin conditions including eczema (mild, moderate and severe), common skin lesions such as warts, molluscums and birthmarks, vascular lesions such as haemangiomas, Child and adolescent acne and psoriasis.
Dr Alia Ahmed specialises in psychodermatology, that is the psychological effects of chronic skin disease and the link between the skin and stress. Psychodermatology appointments may be suitable for some of the following conditions:
- Chronic skin disease (e.g. acne, rosacea, vitiligo) that has a psychological impact (e.g. low self-esteem/body confidence, anxiety and depression)
- Skin conditions that are impacted by stress (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, urticaria)
- Chronic itch
- Non-resolving infestations
- Genital skin conditions and pain
- Hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting
- Body image issues and body dysmorphia
Psychodermatology appointments are scheduled for one hour. You can read more about Psychodermatology and Dr Ahmed’s approach here.
Saturdays 9:30am to 5:00pm – every fortnight
Book an appointment with Dr Alia Ahmed here.
Please advise if you require a Psychodermatology appointment at the time of booking as we will schedule 60 minutes for that. Psychodermatology appointments have a charge of £500 and are not covered by private health insurers, they are offered on a self-pay basis only.
Dr Alia Ahmed is registered with the GMC and on the specialist register for Dermatology. She is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists along with The British Hair and Nail Society, The Royal Society of Medicine, General Medical Council, British Medical Association and Medical Protection Society (MPS).
Dr Alia Ahmed is recognised by all major private insurers.
Please note that Psychodermatology appointments are not covered by private health insurance, and are offered on a self paying basis only.
Education and Training
Dr Ahmed graduated from Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine in 2008 and completed her Dermatology training in London, including a research fellowship in Psychodermatology, becoming a consultant in 2017. She also has a BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology.
Dr Alia Ahmed completed her dermatology rotations at Royal Free London Hospital, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Watford General Hospital.
In addition to her NHS work, Dr Ahmed is an honorary lecturer in Psychodermatology at the University of Hertfordshire. She has completed a research fellowship with the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network. Dr Ahmed is on the executive committee for Psychodermatology UK, and a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, as well as a contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin. She is also on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel for the Vitiligo Society.
She regularly attends conferences to keep up to date both in the UK and Internationally.
Publications and Press
Dr Alia Ahmed is regularly interviewed by the press as a Dermatology expert, particularly about the link between mind and skin. Dr Ahmed has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC news talking about the impact of chronic skin conditions on the mind. Some examples of Dr Alia Ahmed in the press include the following:
- HOW ANXIETY AFFECTS OUR SKIN – AND WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? Vogue , 25th October 2020
- WHY PSYCHODERMATOLOGY IS THE REAL KEY TO BETTER SKIN, HubaBeauty, 13th November 2019
- HOW PSYCHODERMATOLOGY CAN BEAT STRESS *AND* GIVE US CLEARER SKIN, Glamour, 17th August 2019
- WHY YOUR SKIN FEELS SO ITCHY WHEN YOU ARE EXPERIENCING STRESS OR ANXIETY, Stylist, December 2020
Dr Alia Ahmed is well published and some examples include the following publications:
- Patel N, Kho J, Smith KE, Ahmed A, Van den Abbeele, Mandal AKJ, Missouris CG. Polymorphic cutaneous manifestations of COVID‐19 infection in a single viral host. Int J Dermatol. 2020 Jul 19 : 10.1111/ijd.15072.
- Ahmed A, Steed L, Burden-Teh E, Shah R, Sanyal S, Tour S, Dowey S, Whitton M, Batchelor JM, Bewley AP. Identifying key components for a psychological intervention for people with vitiligo – a quantitative and qualitative study in the United Kingdom using web-based questionnaires of people with vitiligo and healthcare professionals. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2018 Dec;32(12):2275-2283
- Ahmed A, Solman L, Williams HC. Topical crisaborole in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in children and adults: magnitude of benefit does not look promising. Br J Dermatol. 2018; 178(3):659-662
- Osinubi O, Ahmed A, Batchelor J, Grainge M, Grindley D, Thompson AR, Ratib S. The prevalence of psychological comorbidity in people with vitiligo: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Dermat 2018; 178(4):863-878
- Patten DK, Ahmed A, Greaves O, Dina R, Flora R, Tolley N. Anaplastic Spindle Cell Squamous Carcinoma Arising from Tall Cell Variant Papillary Carcinoma of the Thyroid Gland: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Case Rep Endocrinol. 2017; 2017:4581626