@Amanda Don't feel bad! Most people will need a touch up on their feet, it's hard skin to deal with and having to wear shoes or socks makes it more complicated. I have a foot tattoo I've had for like 8 years now and it needs a touch up but I haven't gotten around to it. Worst case scenario, parts of it will have to be redone, no big deal.
That doesn't sound like the worst aftercare, maybe a little antiquated. I think the most "progressive" recommended aftercare methods are to either wrap it in Tegaderm/Saniderm/etc (it's like breathable saran wrap) or to heal completely dry or mostly dry (little to no ointments or lotion, only a tiny little bit when it gets unbearably itchy just to keep yourself comfortable). In the future, your aftercare doesn't have to be so extensive, your body can take care of itself and sometimes doing too much can cause a whole new set of problems. It's been so liberating since I started doing more dry healing!
First step is to let it heal completely allowing it to peel fully and for the scabs to fall off. That will take at least two weeks. Once that occurs, I'd consult with your artist to assess your options. Some people's bodies just don't take certain colors well - my last tattoo had to be touched up for both blue and red. It seems that yours had light saturation and muted colors to begin with so that might combine with absorption to be part of the issue. In any case, don't sweat it now - let it get to the point where your artists can make a good assessment.
Hi Synesthesia. Thanks for the response.
The tattoo was covered for 24 hours then I showered and gently rinsed it off. No lotion until day 3. I've been showering with my foot on the ledge to avoid getting it wet and putting lotion on 3 times per day. I've been in flip flops 90% of the time (my feet are FREEZING from avoiding socks in the house LOL) and when I need to wear sneakers (to teach) I wear cotton socks and keep my shoe loose so it wouldn't rub which it hasn't. I've worn sneakers for a total of 3 times for a total of an hour here and there only.
It isn't super itchy at all, and I'm definitely not picking the scabs... I'm super embarrassed how it looks at this point and very worried on the outcome. :(