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    Teens will do ANYTHING to get rid of acne -- trust us. Yet according to a recent report by the FDA, many topical acne treatments can cause dangerous side effects, like severe allergic reactions that are potentially life-threatening. That may explain why many concerned moms have tried to help their teens fight acne with natural alternatives. 

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    I have to fess up: I am kind of in awe of the Duggars. Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa Duggar revealed the list of rules for teenagers growing up in Duggarland to Us Weekly. And they're hella strict ... even for the Duggars.

    How do Jim Bob and Michelle manage to keep track of several teens (not to mention the rest of the classroom of kids)? And, once they're all accounted for, how do they get them to follow hormone bashing rules, do their chores, take care of their siblings, and not sneak a beer or two? All while giving each other googly eyes and having tons of sex? (I am going on record: Jim Bob is a stud.) How is this possible?

    I can't get one kid to listen to anything I say. Obviously, I am in need of some kind of Duggar intervention.

    Anyway, let's get to the list of dos and don'ts in Dugglarland, shall we? Once you read them, you may give the Duggars props, too.

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    She may still be Dakota Fanning's little sister, but 16-year-old (and newly brunette) Elle Fanning has grown up in front of our eyes and is emerging as a Hollywood starlet in her own right. She's already appeared in more than 30 titles, most recently We Bought a Zoo and Maleficent. Now the younger of the famous Fanning sisters stars in the Laika stop-animation family film, The Boxtrolls.

    The Stir caught up with Elle at the movie's Los Angeles premiere and chatted about her character, Winnie, Dakota's influence, and the meaning of family. Here's what Elle had to say:

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    Denise Andrews, Arin Andrews, Katie Hill, and Jazzlyn Hill

    Imagine this: two kids undergoing transgender transformations meet at a support group, develop a friendship, and fall in love. Their moms become the best of friends during the process. And then, when the kids finally feel comfortable in their skin and their love affair goes viral, they break up. That's just part of the fascinating story of Oklahoma teens Arin Andrews, 18, and Katie Hill, 19.

    Andrews was in the process of transitioning from female to male when he met Hill, who was undergoing her own transformation from male to female. Their moms, Denise Andrews and Jazzlyn Hill, were there every step of the way ... but it wasn't easy.

    On September 30, both Arin and Katie will release memoirs about their transitions -- Some Assembly Required and Rethinking Normal. The Stir sat down with Denise and Jazzlyn to get their story before the books' release date.

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    Apollos Hester is a name you probably didn't know this time last week. But the high school footballer gave an incredibly powerful interview after a come-from-behind win that made him a viral sensation ... and now you can sing along!

    The Gregory Brothers gave Hester's words the auto-tune treatment and -- voila! -- a catchy tune called "Scoreboard" is suddenly everywhere. Seriously, the beat is so infectious that even your teen will be singing the chorus by the end (give it a spin on the car ride home, mama deejay). You must give it a listen.

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    Your Teen Caught You Having Sex: Now What?

    posted by Jodi Meltzer September 23 at 8:10 PM in Teen
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    Is there anything more embarrassing than your teen catching you in a compromising position? Not only are you humiliated ... you are horrified for your red-faced teen who probably wants to change his name and move to a foreign country. You got caught with your pants down doing something they understand. There's no cover-up option. There's no lying or explaining it away. "Honey, mommy and daddy were just wrestling" doesn't work on 15 year olds.

    As cringe-worthy as it seems, communication is key, says Fran Walfish, Ph.D, an expert panelist on the WE television series Sex Box (premiering in early 2015).

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    Sooner or later it's bound to happen to all teenagers: They wake up, peer in the mirror... and are horrified to find a huge, honking zit prominently displayed for the world to see. Unfortunately, teens and acne go together like peanut butter and jelly -- their bodies are simply primed to pump out pimples galore. "Teen acne usually shows up in teenagers between the ages of 10 and 20 and occurs because of hormonal changes that place during puberty," says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mt. Kisco, New York, and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age.

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    Being voted homecoming queen is every teen's dream ... only when Anahi Alvarez was granted that title at Grand Prairie High School in Texas last Friday, she didn't bask in the glory. Instead, she handed the crown to her friend, Lillian Skinner.

    Why would any high schooler in her right mind pass on such an honor? Because in the days leading up to the event, a group of mean girls had allegedly bullied Skinner, playing a prank by informing her that she'd been nominated for homecoming court. Only she hadn't ... ouch! So when Skinner's friend Alvarez heard what had happened, she and another queen nominee, Naomi Martinez, came up with a plan: If either of them won the crown, they'd hand it to Skinner.

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    'Tis the season when high schoolers get gussied up and pose for their senior portrait ... only these days, students are rebelling against the usual stiff poses and bland backgrounds and are shaking things up! Your teenager probably wants a creative senior portrait -- and some ideas on how to make that happen.

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    6 Natural Ways to Prevent Teen Acne

    posted by Judy Dutton September 17 at 2:00 AM in Teen
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    Having a pimply teenager moping around the house, obsessing over each new zit they see in the mirror might almost seem like a rite of passage for moms. And dermatologists agree that these kids definitely have a LOT of company. "Teen acne affects about 85 percent of all teens, so it's a very common problem," says Susan Stuart, MD, a dermatologist in San Diego. And since hormonal changes are to blame for these breakouts, many moms might assume there's not much they can do to help. On the contrary! While it's impossible to keep the occasional pimple from rearing its head, there are plenty of things parents can do to ward off perpetual pizza face.

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