Dr Alia Ahmed dermatology – Acne dermatologist Heatherwood

Dr Alia Ahmed dermatology - Acne dermatologist Heatherwood

About me

The mind and how it effects behavior and the body have always captivated me. As a result, before studying dermatology, I decided to pursue a degree in Psychology at the University of Kent, with a focus on Clinical Psychology. I pursued my love for three wonderful years and obtained a first-class honors degree.

I finished my medical study at Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine in 2008, and I worked as a junior doctor in the Oxford Deanery for four years. By the end of my schooling, I decided I wanted to specialise in dermatology. Before applying for dermatology training, I worked as a clinical research fellow in Psychodermatology for a year. During that time, I learned I had a natural aptitude for describing the psychosocial aspects of living with a skin condition, and I planned to use it throughout my career. In 2017, I graduated from dermatology school in London and began working as a consultant. I currently work for the Frimley Park Hospital, Wexham and Barts Health NHS Trust.

I am glad to provide information and medical and surgical dermatology services for children and adults with skin, hair, and nail disorders as a fully GMC licensed, UK trained Consultant in Dermatology. I have a deep interest in Psychodermatology and consult in this intriguing new area as a dual-educated dermatologist and psychologist.

As a child, I was always aware of skin problems. I come from a long history of acne and hair loss patients, so I’ve seen personally how debilitating these conditions can be for people who suffer from them. My mother developed rosacea after my father died, and it was the first time I noticed how much stress can damage the skin. Her skin began to improve only when she adopted a holistic treatment approach.

I regularly encounter babies and children in my practice, and I’ve previously worked in clinics with allergists and general doctors.

As a dermatologist with a special interest in psychodermatology (a ‘psychodermatologist,’ I treat both the mind and the skin.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, and its prevalence is increasing. This is why I decided to specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

I have many qualifications in this field including minor surgery. I conduct minor skin surgery in children and adults for the diagnosis and treatment of skin lesions (including skin cancer) and other skin disorders such as acne.

I enjoy trying out new skin care products, especially if I’m going to recommend them to others. Sunscreen is a hero product that I never leave home without. I believe that self-care should be a soothing pastime, and I enjoy crafting my morning and nightly rituals to reflect this.

One of my passions is traveling and consider myself to be an explorer. I went on a three-month trip around Southeast Asia and Australia. The highlights of the trip were Bangkok and Melbourne. I spent my medical elective in Grenada working in women’s health and taking advantage of the opportunity to travel across the Caribbean.

I love to read and reading is one of my favorite ways to decompress. A new book is always waiting to be read in my house. Half an hour before bedtime is my favorite time to read a book. It helps me to forget about the events of the day and prepares me for sleep.

I am a firm believer in the concept of skin positivity. Skin illnesses should not be kept hidden, and we should all do more to encourage people to talk about their skin problems. Skin travels with us on our life journey and will undoubtedly show signs of ups and downs; one of the most rewarding aspects of my profession in dermatology has been the opportunity to assist people on this journey.

If you are unhappy with the health of your skin and think you need to contact a dermatologist at a hospital or clinic, please contact us to book a cosmetic session. You can contact us on  (+44) 01628 306 323 or contact us by filling out an appointment form on our site.  Someone from our department will be more than happy to assist you with any information you may require. They will be able to book your session at a hospital or clinic we work with.

What is acne and what dermatology treatments are available?

Acne is a skin condition that almost every person goes through in their teenage years which usually clears naturally. In some people, acne does not clear naturally so it is important to take good care of your skin to reduce or stop acne.  Increasing amounts of testosterone, which progresses throughout puberty, are thought to be the cause of teen acne.  

Acne develops when hair follicles, small pores in the skin, become clogged.

Sebaceous glands are small glands situated on the skin’s surface. Hair follicles, which are microscopic pores in your skin through which individual hairs develop, are connected to the glands.

The hair and skin are lubricated by sebaceous glands to keep them from drying out. They achieve this by creating sebum, an oily substance.

Acne occurs when the glands generate too much sebum. Excess sebum combines with dead skin cells in the follicle, resulting in a clog.

When a clogged follicle is near the skin’s surface, it bulges outwards, forming a whitehead. The clogged follicle might also be open to the skin, resulting in a blackhead.

Normal skin bacteria can subsequently contaminate and infect the clogged follicles, resulting in papules, pustules, nodules, or cysts.

Hormones are highly sensitive to the sebaceous glands. Increased testosterone levels are thought to cause the glands to create far more sebum than the skin requires.

Medical dermatology treatment services include the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of dermatological illnesses, such as skin, genital, hair, and nail problems.

With the correct skin care, you can maintain and enhance your skin’s natural qualities while also protecting it from injury.  Dermatology services and treatments include medications taken in oral form, creams and ointments applied to the skin and in some cases, intravenously with steroids. 

Psychodermatology is a fairly new acne treatment because it helps reduce stress which is also a common cause of skin problems.  Patients often find they prefer this kind of treatment because it treats their mind as well as their body.

Where is Dr Alia based?

Dr Alia is primarily based in Wexham Park Hospital, Frimley and Barts Health NHS Trust. For more information on locations and pricing, please click here and find us at whatever hospital or health clinic you wish to contact.

Do you only provide services to Heatherwood and Frimley?

The health and safety of our patients is paramount so we cover a wide area so that we can reach more people who may need our help.  Not only does Dr Alia cover Frimley and Barts, she also covers Heatherwood Hospital, The Bridge Clinic, Circle Reading Hospital and provides dermatology treatment consultant services at The London Skin and Hair Clinic. Click here to find information on services and pricing provided by Dr Alia.