Optical tactile sensors have emerged as an effective means to acquire dense contact information during robotic manipulation. A recently-introduced `see-through-your-skin' (STS) variant of this type of sensor has both visual and tactile modes, enabled by leveraging a semi-transparent surface and controllable lighting. In this work, we investigate the benefits of pairing visuotactile sensing with imitation learning for contact-rich manipulation tasks. First, we use tactile force measurements and a novel algorithm during kinesthetic teaching to yield a force profile that better matches that of the human demonstrator. Second, we add visual/tactile STS mode switching as a control policy output, simplifying the application of the sensor. Finally, we study multiple observation configurations to compare and contrast the value of visual/tactile data (both with and without mode switching) with visual data from a wrist-mounted eye-in-hand camera. We perform an extensive series of experiments on a real robotic manipulator with door-opening and closing tasks, including over 3,000 real test episodes. Our results highlight the importance of tactile sensing for imitation learning, both for data collection to allow force matching, and for policy execution to allow accurate task feedback.