Hm, I haven't had any serious trouble since I stopped using it as a cleanser and just used it as a moisturizer, but I do suspect that I wasn't getting it all off when I was washing with it. And then I was patting just the tiniest bit onto my skin becaue it felt so *tight* after all that rubbing and steaming. So, maybe it was the double dose of residue plus moisturizer.
I suspect that--for me--the trouble may have been too much agitation of the skin. Maybe I wasn't rubbing gently enough. Maybe my water was too hot, or my washcloth too rough. The trouble is, I can't seem to get it off without doing the very hot washcloth routine. When I give it another shot--which I plan to sometime after my skin is all healed--maybe I'll use a soft flannel and just barely warm water.
I do like the method, and it's interesting to read what works and doesn't work for each of us. I want to try it again. It's like no-poo: When I first decided to try it, I asked a friend who doesn't shampoo how she cleans her hair, and basically followed her recipe. Then I got on this board and tried other variations. Now I have a better sense of what I like and don't like. But, my skin has to get back to itself before I can give a fair trial to any variation. But I think, when I do, I'll perhaps skip the moisturizer step, as you suggest, and just make sure my rinse doesn't leave my face thirsty.