My skin had cleared up so much during the past 6 months due to Retin A but I started breaking out again when I doubled my application even though it was the same percentage (0.05%). It's so frustrating because my skin was doing well after such a long time but now I feel like I might be heading back to square one.
Anyways, I BADLY want to exfoliate my face because it is flaking and I feel like the dead skin layers are not allowing my products to properly penetrate my skin. I'm paranoid about using face scrubs, however 'gentle' they claim to be. At the moment I have hyper pigmentation and a couple of red pimples. So this leads to my question - how do I exfoliate without using a facial scrub (preferably a natural method). I already know that I can use lemon juice, a gentle wash cloth and apple cider vinegar (I think). Please make sure your answer doesn't imply the use of small beads/granules. I would use a chemical exfoliant is I could but I don't live in a place where such products can be found and I don't want to purchase them online .
I would really appreciate if you guys can help me out with this skin dilemma. Thanks in advance!