Hey I just wanted to update and also get some advice. I believe this regimen has helped me to learn a lot about my skin. Like some others who have gained positive results, I'm thinking my acne may be caused primarily by irritation from warm/hot water, stripping soaps, over-exfoliation, and touching my face too much. If the water-only approach wasn't working for me I would definitely be looking internally at my diet or hormones.
However, where my acne has improved another condition has been driving me nuts. I can't get the damn dead skin build-up under control. I said before that I was using a wash cloth to gently remove dead skin, but I stopped because it didn't remove it well enough. I then started using a tissue to gently wipe my face (while it was dry) to remove dead skin and followed it up by rinsing my face off with cold water. This method removed the dead skin too well actually and started to dry my face out, thus causing breakouts. I can't figure out how to reach a happy medium. I'm at the point where it feels like a choice between having acne vs clear skin caked in a thin layer of dead skin. Is there actually a problem with leaving this build-up on your face other than being gross? Is it just an aesthetics thing? Anyway there has to be a way to gently remove the dead skin build-up that isn't irritating. I'm open to suggestions, thanks for any help.