In preparation for my full back tattoo, I've been researching aftercare methods. Please review the aftercare method I will be using:
Day 1 - I'll be finishing the session at around 5pm, getting home at 5.30pm. I'll leave the wrap/bandage on all night. If it's a bandage, I'll wrap it in cling film. I'll try to sleep on my side as much as I can - will sleeping on the tattoo really harm it that much?!
Day 2 - 8am. Remove the wrap and bandage. Gently wash it with warm water until the bandage falls off. Use a lather from Dove Bar Soap and gently wash the crap off my tattoo and skin. Pat dry gently to remove excess ink, then let it air dry. Then apply a thin layer of Bepanthen, then a thin layer of coconut oil. Do not cover at this point.
3pm - repeat. Shower, soap, rinse, dry, bepanthen, coconut oil.
9pm - repeat. After the coconut oil, wrap it in cling film and seal with tape. This is to not let it touch the bed when sleeping.
Repeat Day 2 until skin starts to flake.
From then on, only shower twice a day (morning and night). No need to use Bepanthen. Continue to use dove bar soap and coconut oil. No need to wrap before going to bed.
Any flaws in the above method? Should i continue to use Bepanthen after the skin starts to flake?
I'll be discussing this with my tattoo artist, but I wanted different takes on it.