You creekers have been so helpful to me. I thought this is something all woodworker's can use. Someone at work said they use this on splinters. I thought no way is an ointment going to remove wood splinters, you have to dig those babies out! But I tried it on a tough tiny splinter that went straight down in the skin and it worked!
You apply a small dab and cover with a bandaid for a day or so. It either comes out on its own, or a gentle squeze will pop it out! The stuff is cheap at Walgreens. I had to ask the pharmacist for it, since they sell so little of it and its cheap so they do not stock on the floor. I have also read that castor oil works the same way.